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 At the same time, doctors have figured out other ways to deliver oxygen to some patients struggling to breathe — including using inexpensive sleep apnea machines or simple nasal cannulas that force air into the lungs through plastic tubes. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "Now the U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators, but Too Few Specialists to Operate Them," 22 Nov. 2020 Anthony Serrano, who suffers from high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and severe sleep apnea, was also turned down for compassionate release by both the Bureau and a federal court. Lisa Riordan Seville, NBC News, "'Like a war zone': Prison that freed Paul Manafort early now ravaged by Covid," 19 Dec. 2020 Designed for people with sleep apnea or other breathing problems, the machines were being used by some hospitals to compensate for a shortage of ventilators, Mr. Adams said. Anthony Debarros, WSJ, "Six Stories From a Downtown District Show Pandemic’s Uneven Toll," 31 Dec. 2020 All of these bear directly on COVID-19, as risk factors for severe cases include diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Curious Influence of COVID-19 on Sleep," 21 Dec. 2020 There can be more serious concerns like neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s which can trigger it, along with sleep breathing disorders, like sleep apnea. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "We’re Stress-Grinding Our Teeth So Hard, We Apparently All Need Night Guards Now," 26 Oct. 2020 The family’s attorneys, Thomas Petrov and Jennifer Cohen, said in the lawsuit that Wiertella told jail officers about his medical conditions, which included post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and sleep apnea, as well as diabetes. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Father files wrongful-death suit against Lake County, alleging jail officials failed to provide medical treatment for his son," 14 Dec. 2020 Bruxism can also be a sign of undiagnosed breathing disorders like sleep apnea, dentists say. Carolyne Zinko,, "Bay Area dentists spot 2020 stress in clenched jaws and cracked teeth," 1 Dec. 2020 The study was not able to compare sleep quality to health conditions that might affect sleep, such as sleep apnea, substance abuse and other chronic medical conditions. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "More women than men struggle to fall asleep in both Europe and the US, study finds," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sleep apnea

1975, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jan 2021

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“Sleep apnea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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