Obstructive Sleep Apnea is associated with loud snoring, which is a sign of partial obstruction of airflow during breathing. A patient with sleep apnea may actually stop breathing many times during a night’s sleep for anywhere from 10 seconds to 1-2 minutes.
When breathing begins again, there may be a loud snort or gasp with a brief arousal from sleep. Because of frequent arousals, there is daytime sleepiness. Many of these patients will fall asleep driving, in conversation, or when active.
This condition may also result in high blood pressure, and can lead to heart and lung problems. This is seen more commonly in overweigh individuals. Sleep apnea is easily diagnosed in an overnight study in the Sleep Disorders Center.