Sleep Apnea: History, Symptoms, And Treatment

“Apnea” is defined as ceasing to breathe through one’s upper respiratory tract for at least ten seconds. The two main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are snoring and daytime sleepiness. Researchers estimate that about 40% of American women and 60% of American men snore, but most of these sleepers won’t be diagnosed with sleep apnea, which is thought to affect 3%-7% of people. Among sleep apnea patients, about 95% snore on a regular basis.