Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be energetic, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.
Major signs and symptoms of sleep apnea
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
- Long pauses in breathing
- Daytime sleepiness, no matter how much time you spend in bed
Weight loss has been found to improve sleep apnea
- There is a strong relationship between obesity and the development of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
- Bariatric surgery is often touted as the most effective option for treating obesity and its comorbidities, including OSA.
- All the procedures achieved profound effects on OSA, as over 75 % of patients saw at least an improvement in their sleep apnea.
- Bariatric surgery is a definitive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, regardless of the specific type.