Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep abnormality where breathing pauses occur due to narrowing of the upper airway. During sleep this causes a lack of air to enter the lungs resulting in less oxygen reaching vital organs. When the airway collapses or narrows during sleep, the body tries to compensate to overcome the perceived obstruction. A greater effort to breathe air through the narrower airway often causes snoring. There are several different devices that can help with this diagnosis.
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