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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So far, no pills for sleep apnea exist, but researchers are working on it. Washington Post, "New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom," 12 July 2018 To what degree weight loss is an effective treatment for sleep apnea isn’t totally clear. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 The most likely cause of death was sleep apnea, a known condition of his. April Bridgeman, Woman's Day, "My Husband and I Bonded Over Death," 13 Apr. 2016 Heneghan, who previously worked on medical-grade technologies around sleep apnea, sees promise in these everyday interventions. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 The answer could be a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, say experts, which causes poor, disrupted sleep. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "8 Surprising Reasons You're Tired," 14 Jan. 2011 Blount acknowledges that there are people who suffer legitimate medical sleep disorders, including insomnia and sleep apnea. Katie Parsons,, "Americans aren't sleeping enough, but early risers might live longer," 31 May 2018 There was high blood pressure, sleep apnea, tension headaches, constant upset stomach and chronic back pain. Ryan Bergeron, CNN, "Wall Street worker trades in finance job to write young adult fiction," 15 June 2018 Boyd, who won the third season of the reality competition show in 2008, was found by responding officers in bed with a sleep apnea mask on his face. Stephanie Petit,, "America's Got Talent Winner Neal E. Boyd Was Found Dead by His Mother: Report," 26 June 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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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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