sleep apnea


Definition of sleep apnea

: apnea that recurs during sleep and is caused especially by obstruction of the airway or a disturbance in the brain's respiratory center

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Recent Examples on the Web Compared to other vaping illness patients, those who went back to the hospital were more likely to have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or other breathing problems such as sleep apnea. Author: Carla K. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Vast majority’ of vaping illnesses blamed on vitamin E acetate," 21 Dec. 2019 The report also showed moderate evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for improving sleep in individuals with sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis. Shayli Kipnis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsinites use cannabis as a medicine, but research and the law are not yet on their side," 21 Nov. 2019 The goal, according to the company, is to prevent the medical complications associated with achondroplasia, which include sleep apnea, hearing loss, and spinal problems. Damian Garde, STAT, "A new treatment promises to make little people taller. Is it an insult to ‘dwarf pride’?," 18 Nov. 2019 Snoring, gasping for air and waking up tired after a full night’s sleep are symptoms of sleep apnea, Kilkenny said. Ann Marie Barron,, "Skimping on sleep can shorten your life, experts warn," 25 Sep. 2019 Those patients tended to be over age 50, and also suffer from chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea and other respiratory illnesses. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Weed vapes with vitamin E gained popularity on social media, possibly driving illnesses," 20 Dec. 2019 Patients who returned to the hospital were more likely than other lung injury patients to have a history of chronic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory conditions, sleep apnea and diabetes. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Vaping injuries on the decline as feds warn about post-discharge deaths, THC additive link," 20 Dec. 2019 Currently, when a doctor wants to diagnose sleep apnea or investigate insomnia, the patient has to travel to a sleep center, be wired to monitoring machines, and then try to fall asleep while a technician watches them over video. Wired, "A New Way to Make Comfy, Durable Smart Garments," 30 Nov. 2019 For example, many overweight people have sleep apnea, which can be corrected with oxygen masks worn at night. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mixing less than 6 hours of sleep with chronic disease is deadly combo," 2 Oct. 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Sleep apnea.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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Medical Definition of sleep apnea

: brief periods of recurrent cessation of breathing during sleep that is caused especially by obstruction of the airway or a disturbance in the brain's respiratory center and is associated especially with excessive daytime sleepiness

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