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Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous disorder with fairly benign symptoms such as loud snoring at night, morning headaches or daytime bouts of sleepiness caused by intermittent periods throughout sleep when you actually stop breathing.
Breathing cessation, or apnea, lasts from seconds to nearly a minute. During sleep apnea, the upper air passages in the mouth and throat are obstructed. When breathing resumes, the brain senses a lack of oxygen and wakes you up. The snoring is loud, sometimes explosive. In the morning, the build up of carbon dioxide in the blood causes headaches. The lack of deep sleep can also leave one drowsy and usually grouchy during the day.
One form of treatment that has proven successful is wearing an acrylic appliance during sleep to keep air passages open. It’s comfortable and easy to use.