DEFINING SLEEP APNEA
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder wherein a person stops breathing. This results in snoring, gasping for air, or waking up many times per night to as the body reacts to not getting enough oxygen.
The disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe. But even with mild sleep apnea, your body is jolting you awake at regular intervals, so what little sleep you do manage to get is not quality sleep and not restful.