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Sleep apnea occurs when you regularly stop breathing
for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. It can be mild, moderate, or severe,
based on the number of times an hour that you stop breathing (apnea) or that
airflow to your lungs is reduced (hypopnea). This is called the apnea-hypopnea
Sleep apnea may be classified differently in children, because they
are still developing and they normally breathe at a faster rate than adults
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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