With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you may awaken suddenly, with a loud gasp for air, because your upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth. It’s like trying to drink through a wet paper straw—you keep sucking on it, but nothing
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the more common type of sleep apnea. In OSA, breathing is interrupted when the upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth during sleep (see Box 5-1, “The Anatomy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”). The
Obstructive sleep apnea becomes increasingly prevalent in both men and women with age. One in four adults over the age of 65 are estimated to have their sleep cycle disrupted by this disorder. It’s especially worrisome because some people may be unaware of it.
“It is one of the most common