Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that can steal years from a person’s life. And with upwards of 18 million adults currently diagnosed, it’s a growing concern. Here, women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm opens up a conversation about closed airways.
Q: What is sleep apnea?
Marla Ahlgrimm: The Greeks used the term “apnea” to mean “without breath.” Apnea stops a person from breathing while they are sleeping. During sleep – even light sleep – the airways can relax to the point where breathing is temporarily halted. The diminished air intake rouses the person, though they are unlikely to remember what happened.