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Have your children been waking you up at all hours of the night saying your snoring reminds them of a freight train? Has your spouse slept on the couch or bathtub to get away from your snoring to get a peaceful night's sleep? Has even your dog looked at you in disgust when you wake up because they were up all night with your snoring?

If you respond yes to any of these questions, chances are you may have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is when you repeatedly stop breathing during the night, and 18 million Americans suffer from this disorder every year. This illness can lead to other aliments down the road. It increases a sufferer's risk of stroke by four, the risk of heart disease by three, and the risk of death by three. In fact, according to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, about 38,000 deaths occur in the U.S. annually that can be related to sleep apnea in one way or the other.

There are three major types of sleep apnea.

1. Obstructive sleep apnea
This is the most common form and happens when the soft tissue in the back of your mouth relaxes and blocks the airway during the night. If you snore loudly, chances are you have OSA.

2.Central sleep apnea
This form involves the central nervous system and is characterized when your brain fails to signal your muscles that control your breathing.

3.Complex sleep apnea
Is a mixture of OSA and central sleep apnea.

Here are some sleep apnea causes and symptoms that indicate that you may suffer from this illness.

  • Loud snoring every night
  • Making choking or gasping sounds during the night
  • Waking up suddenly gasping for air or having shortness of breath
  • Having a dry mouth every morning
  • Going to the bathroom many times during the night
  • Having trouble concentrating
  • Moodiness, and irritability as a result of not feeling rested during the day
  • Fatigue no matter how long you sleep

Children can also suffer from sleep apnea, but the symptoms may be harder to notice. If your child suffers from bed-wetting, night terrors, or excessive sweating at night, then head to your doctor right away.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, it is crucial to head to your doctor right away. They will most likely prescribe you a CPAP machine. Using a CPAP machine will provide a constant stream of air up your nose in order to keep your airways open during the night. CPAP machines are only the size of a tissue box, and when used regularly, they will make you sleep and feel better every day.

And the best part? Your children won't be waking you up anymore.

Think about your children.