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What is sleep apnea?

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Sleep apnea involves pauses in breathing during sleep. The periods of stopped breathing are called apneas, which are caused by an obstruction of the upper airway. Apnea is associated with multiple brief arousal episodes throughout the night--you usually are not aware of these sleep disturbances cause you are not totally awake. Yet if your sleep was measured in a sleep laboratory, technicians would record changes in the brain waves that are characteristic of awakening.

From: Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Medscape: "Expert Column -- Sleep Disorders in Diabetes." Yaggi, H.K. , 2006. Nilsson, P. , 2004. Mallon, L. , 2005.



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SOURCES: Medscape: "Expert Column -- Sleep Disorders in Diabetes." Yaggi, H.K. , 2006. Nilsson, P. , 2004. Mallon, L. , 2005.



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