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What problems can sleep apnea create?

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Sleep apnea causes long interruptions of breathing (more than 10 seconds) during sleep caused by obstruction or blockage of the airway. This causes several problems, including:

  • Frequent waking from sleep.
  • Light sleeping.
  • Strain on the heart. Prolonged obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart, with higher risks of heart attack and stroke.

From: The Basics of Snoring WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Otolaryngology. 

National Sleep Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 4, 2018

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American Academy of Otolaryngology. 

National Sleep Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 4, 2018

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