What is sleep apnea?

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What is sleep apnea? It is a disorder that has to do with problems of breathing at night. Its mildest form, something we call, upper airway resistance syndrome, where your airway starts to collapse as you go into different phases of sleep. Deeper and deeper phases of sleep lead to more and more collapse of the airway. We see this in people who are twelve-year old girls, even though, typically, it is said to be associated with three-hundred-pound guys. Even as mild as it is in some people it profoundly affects their lives. It makes them tired at work. It makes them have problems with memory concentration. Ways to side sleeping and sleeping on the tummy can be very hard on the back and a main provocateur of migraine.