Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects approximately 20 million Americans, causing them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night. The individual affected is not awake long enough to remember these episodes and is often totally unaware of their snoring and fragmented sleep. In addition, obstructive sleep apnea is often under-diagnosed and left untreated. Snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, memory problems, irritability, fatigue and insomnia are all signs that you could be losing shut-eye to sleep apnea.