Sleep disorders can prevent sufferers from enjoying a refreshing sleep that results in feelings of exhaustion throughout the day. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which you have pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
Causes: Sleep apnea is usually a chronic or ongoing condition that disrupts your sleep as you move out of a deep sleep into a light sleep or jerk awake entirely.
Symptoms: Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and can result in a disrupted sleep. Normal breathing will often resume, usually with a loud snort or choking sound. You then have a poor quality of sleep, making you tired throughout the day.
Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness and contributes to chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, memory loss, and other cardiovascular disease.