Obstructive sleep apnea is an insidious health condition. This condition prevents a person from breathing properly during sleep. Induced by airway blockages, sleep apnea causes a person to cease breathing for short amounts of time. Breathing cessation is followed by slight wakefulness to resume healthy breathing.
When a person has sleep apnea, he or she ceases breathing hundreds of times in a given eight-hour rest period. The cycle of breathing cessation followed by wakefulness impedes a person from progressing through each stage of sleep. Instead, he or she suffers from severely interrupted sleep patterns.
In addition to causing sleep deprivation, untreated sleep apnea contributes to cardiovascular disease, mood disturbances, memory loss, and malaise.