Sleep-related Respiratory Disorder

People with sleep apnea stop breathing during sleep. This can wake up dozens or even hundreds of times during the night. The duration of breathing may be as short as 10 seconds. Most patients do not remember waking up. A sleep test is needed to diagnose sleep apnea. Sleep-related breathing problems are most commonly seen in men, in overweight people, and in older adults. People with sleep apnea often benefit from treatment called positive airway pressure. This treatment keeps the airway open by providing air pressure through a mask attached to the nose during sleep.

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