Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
i) High blood pressure
iii) Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
vi) Worsening of ADHD
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities,
such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.