How Sleep Apnea Keeps You From Sleeping
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States, affecting 2%-9% of all adults. Both children and adults can be diagnosed with sleep apnea, although it is more common in men than women. Pauses in breathing occur when the airway at the back of your throat becomes blocked while you sleep.
The blockage typically results from the muscles in the back of your throat relaxing until they cause an obstruction. This is what causes your temporary pauses in breathing, making it difficult to stay asleep and achieve the rest you need for good overall health and wellness.