What is Sleep Apnea?

How did you sleep last night?

Did you snore, or did your partner notice you were snoring? Did you wake up tired? Perhaps with a headache? Will you fall asleep easily while watching TV or reading? If the answer is yes to one or more of these questions, you may have sleep apnea. If diagnosed and treated, your quality of life and overall health is likely to improve.

What is sleep apnea?

Quite simply, it’s when the muscles in your throat relax when you fall asleep. This makes your throat narrow and makes it harder for air to get into your lungs – hence the term obstructive sleep apnea. It can happen many times during the night, and prevents you from getting a healthy, restful sleep.

Some common symptoms

Common symptoms include snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, poor memory and irritability.

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Why should you get tested?

10% of adults live with sleep apnea and most don’t even know they have it. If sleep apnea remains untreated, it increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. It might also increase your risk of diabetes.

You’re even more likely to get into an accident while driving.

The low rate of diagnosis is mainly due to the lack of access to, and the substantial cost and inconvenience of undergoing overnight testing in a sleep laboratory as well as the complexity of existing home sleep tests.

BresoDx® is designed to meet the need for a reliable, simpler technology for sleep apnea diagnosis.

How do you sleep?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow breathing during sleep. Each breathing pause (apnea) or shallow breathing (hypopnea), can last for several seconds to several minutes. Click on the videos below to find out what you sound like when you sleep.

Normal Breathing

Normal breathing and some snoring.

Hypopnea Event

Partial collapse of airway, abnormally shallow breathing event.

Apnea Event

Complete collapse of airway, pause in breathing.