Obstructive sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder caused by a collapse of the airway during sleep that forces the sufferer to wake up in order to breathe. This causes sleep apnea sufferers to fall asleep and wake up and fall asleep and wake up repeatedly all night long. In severe cases, a sleep apnea patient will wake up and fall asleep up to 70 times in an hour. Sleep apnea affects an estimated 18 million Americans – disturbing their sleep at night, stealing their alertness during the day, and greatly harming their long-term health and wellness. While non-surgical treatments are available to help sleep apnea sufferers, a large number of patients are frustrated with the often uncomfortable and cumbersome CPAP machines.