Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea literally means a transient pause in breathing while a person is asleep.

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  • apnea – noun transient cessation of respiration
    sleep – noun a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; a torpid state resembling deep sleep; a period of time spent sleeping; euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb); verb be asleep; be able to accommodate for sleeping
    airway – noun a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers; a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines); the passages through which air enters and leaves the body; a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
    breathing – adj. passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination; noun the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
    oxygen – noun a nonmetallic bivalent element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless nonflammable diatomic gas; constitutes 21 percent of the atmosphere by volume; the most abundant element in the earth’s crust
    treatment – noun care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury; the management of someone or something; a manner of dealing with something artistically; an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    surgery – noun a room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted; the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures; a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations
    blood – noun temperament or disposition; the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped by the heart; people viewed as members of a group; the descendants of one individual; a dissolute man in fashionable society; verb smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill
    diabetes – noun any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst
    risk – noun a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent; the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred; a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; verb expose to a chance of loss or damage; take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    sleep – noun a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; a torpid state resembling deep sleep; a period of time spent sleeping; euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb); verb be asleep; be able to accommodate for sleeping
    disorder – noun a disturbance of the peace or of public order; condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; a condition in which things are not in their expected places; verb bring disorder to; disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
    snoring – adj. breathing during sleep with harsh noises caused by vibration of the uvula or soft palate; noun the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
    insomnia – noun an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness
    apnea – noun transient cessation of respiration
    narcolepsy – noun a sleep disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep
    hypoxemia. low blood oxygen
    continuous – adj. continuing in time or space without interruption; of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity
    positive – adj. formally laid down or imposed; characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; greater than zero; reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion; indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; having a positive electric charge; involving advantage or good; persuaded of; very sure; marked by excessive confidence; impossible to deny or disprove; of or relating to positivism; noun a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
    airway – noun a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers; a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines); the passages through which air enters and leaves the body; a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
    pressure – noun a force that compels; the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin; the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit); an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress; the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure; the state of demanding notice or attention; verb to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :”She forced him to take a job in the city”; exert pressure on someone through threats
    sleep – noun a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; a torpid state resembling deep sleep; a period of time spent sleeping; euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb); verb be asleep; be able to accommodate for sleeping
    paralysis – noun loss of the ability to move a body part
    microsleep. going in to sleep for fraction of a second while awake which happens in people who are extremely sleepy and tired.
    fatigue – noun (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something; temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work; used of materials (especially metals) in a weakened state caused by long stress; labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on); verb exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; get tired of something or somebody
    sleepiness – noun a very sleepy state
    respiratory – adj. pertaining to respiration
    disorder – noun a disturbance of the peace or of public order; condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; a condition in which things are not in their expected places; verb bring disorder to; disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
    asthma – noun respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
    dementia – noun mental deterioration of organic or functional origin
    cardiac – adj. of or relating to the heart
    diabetic – adj. suffering from diabetes; of or relating to or causing diabetes; noun someone who has diabetes
    polysomnogram. polysomnogram refers to sleep study either in the sleep lab or at home.
    slumber – noun a dormant or quiescent state; a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; verb be asleep
    drowsy – adj. showing lack of attention or boredom; half asleep

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If you snore, feel sleepy tired during the day, or not feel refreshed fully when you wake up, you may have sleep apnea. If you live in or around the tristate areas of New York, New Jersey or Pennsyvania, we might be able to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Contact us at 718 946 5500

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