Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea

The main types of sleep apnea are:

• Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax

• Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing

• Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, which occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea

Trouble Sleeping?


Do you experience any of these Symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas overlap, sometimes making it difficult to determine which type you have. The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas include

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Irritability

Know your Risk!

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children. But certain factors increase your risk

Obstructive sleep apnea

Factors that increase the risk of this form of sleep apnea include

Excess weight. Obesity greatly increases the risk of sleep apnea. Fat deposits around your upper airway can obstruct your breathing

Neck circumference . People with thicker necks might have narrower airways

A narrowed airway. You might have inherited a narrow throat. Tonsils or adenoids also can enlarge and block the airway, particularly in children

Being male. Men are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than are women. However, women increase their risk if they're overweight, and their risk also appears to rise after menopause

Family history. Having family members with sleep apnea might increase your risk

Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. These substances relax the muscles in your throat, which can worsen obstructive sleep apnea

Smoking. Smokers are three times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than are people who've never smoked. Smoking can increase the amount of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway

Nasal congestion. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose — whether from an anatomical problem or allergies — you're more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea

Medical conditions. Congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease are some of the conditions that may increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea. Polycystic ovary syndrome, hormonal disorders, prior stroke and chronic lung diseases such as asthma also can increase risk

Central sleep apnea

Risk factors for this form of sleep apnea include

Being older. Middle-aged and older people have a higher risk of central sleep apnea

Being male. Central sleep apnea is more common in men than it is in women

Heart disorders. Having congestive heart failure increases the risk.

Using narcotic pain medications. Opioid medications, especially long-acting ones such as methadone, increase the risk of central sleep apnea

Stroke. Having had a stroke increases your risk of central sleep apnea or treatment-emergent central sleep apnea

Are you concerned that you may have Sleep Apnea?

Take our sleep test and find out in seven days.

If you suspect that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, then our in-home Sleep Test is a quick, convenient and affordable way to have Sleep Apnea confirmed

  • Within two weeks, you could begin treatment and enjoy deep, restorative sleep again
  • Experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals independently analyse all studies
  • We use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy

Simply take a test to confirm or deny the possibility of Sleep Apnea at the comfort of your home


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