This is one of America’s most commonly diagnosed sleep disorders.
Sleep apnea has left more than 18 million adults trying to catch their breath at night. Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat collapse, blocking the airway and causing a person to choke and gasp for air at night. This can happen as little as a few times a night to more than a 100 times per hour! This breathing pause can last a few seconds to even a few minutes. People with sleep apnea often complain of its symptoms but do not recognize that they have the disorder. People with sleep apnea are tired because the apnea disrupts their sleep and inhibits the body’s ability to comprehensively go through each of the stages of sleep multiple times per night.
Special Note: Being in many areas of Colorado’s higher elevation may amplify the prevalence of snoring or make sleep apnea worse.