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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing pauses periodically during sleep.  This cessation in breathing causes a drop in your body’s oxygen level.  When your brain detects that your oxygen levels are decreasing, it signals your body to wake-up to resume regular breathing.  Though these wake-ups are brief and usually not remembered, they interrupt the sleep cycle and decrease sleep quality, leading to daytime drowsiness. 

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