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What is sleep apnea?

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When you have sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked while you sleep. This causes you to stop breathing over and over again. That wakes up your brain to restart your breathing. When you wake up that often during the night, you can't get a good night's sleep.

SOURCES:

Braley, T. Sleep, August 2016.

Braley, T. Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders, November 2015.

Fleming, W. Seminars in Neurology, March 2005.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?" "How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?" "What Causes Sleep Apnea?" "What Is Sleep Apnea?"

National MS Society: "Take Control of Your Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "Multiple Sclerosis and Sleep."

University of Washington: "Sleep and MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Braley, T. Sleep, August 2016.

Braley, T. Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders, November 2015.

Fleming, W. Seminars in Neurology, March 2005.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?" "How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?" "What Causes Sleep Apnea?" "What Is Sleep Apnea?"

National MS Society: "Take Control of Your Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "Multiple Sclerosis and Sleep."

University of Washington: "Sleep and MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 5, 2019

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