What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (also known as OSA) is a condition in which an individual experiences pauses in their breathing during sleep. It’s caused by the soft tissue (and can include the tongue) at the back of the throat collapsing and restricting or completely blocking air movement.
What causes sleep apnea?
A combination of factors typically causes sleep apnea. It can be a result of physical characteristics (e.g. enlarged tonsils or tongue), lifestyle habits such as smoking or alcohol consumption, and medical conditions including obesity or diabetes. While sleep apnea can affect anyone, regardless of gender or age, there are certain factors believed to increase the risk of developing the condition, including:
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
A person whose sleep is impacted by sleep apnea may experience some of the following symptoms and side effects: