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Sleep Apnea

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing for seconds or minutes at a time. This can happen many times during the night.

What are the types of sleep apnea?

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms. Tell your provider about your medical history and what medicines you take. Your provider may ask if you smoke or if anyone in your family has sleep apnea. Your provider may ask the person who sleeps beside you about your signs. You may need any of the following:

How is sleep apnea treated?

Treatment depends on the kind of apnea you have:

How can I manage or prevent sleep apnea?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

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