What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Illustration of blocked airway with obstructive sleep apneaObstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and a potentially serious sleep disorder. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. OSA happens when something partly or completely block the upper airway during sleep. It reduces the flow of oxygen to vital organs and causes irregular heart rhythms.


OSA has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and arrhythmias.

  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat when you wake up
  • Morning headaches
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Snoring
  • Low libido
  • Waking up suddenly and feeling like you’re gasping or choking
  • Obesity and difficulty losing weight
  • Trouble getting up in the mornings
  • 40 million+ Americans suffer from a sleep disorder
  • 20 million suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • 82% of men and 93% of women with moderate to severe OSA remain undiagnosed

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