Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder identified by irregular pauses in breathing or circumstances of abnormally reduced breathing during rest. Each time there is a pause in breathing, called an apnea, this could last from a minimum of 10 seconds to mins, and may take place 5 to 30 times or even more an hour. Likewise, each unusually reduced breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is typically identified with an overnight sleep examination called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.