What is Sleep Apnea?

the position of your throat and palate is a key to sleep apnea

Why do so many children and adults suffer from sleep apnea and what causes the condition? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when something blocks your airway during sleep. Many times, the palate falls into the airway, making it impossible for the air to move smoothly. This causes the body to react violently, pushing the air suddenly from the lungs and causing snoring, snorting and/or gasping. Some people have sleep apnea episodes more than 30-40 times an hour, which is considered a severe form of the condition.

The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to keep the airways open and reduce the blockage.

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