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Obstructive Sleep apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea is when something blocks part or all of your upper airway while you sleep. Your diaphragm and chest muscles have to work harder to open your airway and pull air into your lungs. Your breath can become very shallow, or you may even stop breathing briefly. You usually start to breathe again with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. You may not sleep well, but you probably won’t know that it’s happening. The condition can also lower the flow of oxygen to your organs and cause uneven heart rhythms.

Signs and symptoms

• Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Loud snoring
• stopped breathing during sleep
• Abrupt awakenings (gasping or choking)
• Awakening with a dry mouth
• Morning headache
• Difficulty concentrating during the day
• mood changes (depression or irritability)
• High blood pressure
• Night-time sweating
• Decreased libido

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