Sleep disturbances


Sleep apnea is the suspension of breathing during sleep. These episodes ofapnea (apnea from the Greek, shortness of breath) may last a few seconds, after which normal breathing is resumed, and occur several times during sleep. Inmost cases not enough to awaken the person, but there is a change in sleep pattern, going from deep sleep to a more superficial sleep. As this is not restfulsleep, the typical manifestations are a feeling of "last night's" waking up as well as fatigue and sleepiness during the day.