What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Paul Sweeney, RRT, discusses What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?.

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Paul Sweeney, RRT, discusses What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?.
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Featuring Paul Sweeney, RRT

Duration: 1 minute

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where when someone sleeps at night, as their body is going into the deeper stages of sleep, the muscles around their throat relax, and subsequently the tissue can collapse, the jaw can fall down and block the throat, or the tongue can fall back.

People with obstructive sleep apnea can wake up repeatedly at night because of this blockage of their airway and their breathing.

If you think you have obstructive sleep apnea, the easiest thing to do is go talk to your family physician, and you can do a simple sleep test at home or your doctor can refer you to a sleep specialist and you can actually sleep overnight in a hospital to test you for this sleep disorder.

If you have questions about obstructive sleep apnea, contact a local sleep specialist.

Presenter: Mr. Paul Sweeney, Sleep Specialist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Sleep Specialist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.