Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you regularly wake in the middle of the night gasping for breath, experience excessive daytime tiredness, or have developed mood swings, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that is primarily characterized by the involuntary halting of breathing while asleep. The most common type of the condition is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when your throat muscles relax, collapsing the airway. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans.