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

Examples of sleep apnea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some individuals experience sleep disruptions due to factors such as nightmares, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2023 The path to mitigating the impact of sleep apnea lies in accessibility and awareness. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 27 June 2023 In many cases, addressing the cause of your early morning headaches (such as sleep apnea or TMJ) will be more effective than simply treating the symptoms (throbbing pain in your head, eyes, or jaw). Kim Peiffer, Glamour, 23 June 2023 But its grand plans went awry after some of its medical devices used for sleep apnea were recalled due to the risk of patients inhaling hazardous chemicals from the foam in the machine. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 14 Aug. 2023 It was prescribed to help control my atrial fibrillation, which was exacerbated by my sleep apnea. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2023 While there are multiple types of sleep apnea − including central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea − Lipford said obstructive sleep apnea is most common. USA TODAY, 29 June 2023 Some people have a narrow throat that causes the tissues to close in and block the airway, causing obstructive sleep apnea. Mara Betsch, Health, 10 June 2023 Medical records were also included, showing that Epstein suffered from sleep apnea, constipation, hypertension, lower back pain, and prediabetes. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sleep apnea was in 1975

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“Sleep apnea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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