Sleep apnea occurs when you regularly stop breathing
for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. It can be mild, moderate, or severe,
based on the number of times an hour that you stop breathing (apnea) or that
airflow to your lungs is reduced (hypopnea). This is called the apnea-hypopnea
Sleep apnea may be classified differently in children, because they
are still developing and they normally breathe at a faster rate than adults
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerHasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Current as ofMarch 25, 2017
Current as of:
March 25, 2017
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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