What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of very low breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Similarly, each abnormally low breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study.”

Please visit our Symptoms page to see a broader list of symptoms associated with sleep apnea.

There are several types of sleep apnea. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea don’t hesitate to contact us at the El Paso Sleep Center.


Sleep apnea can result in several undesirable issues that affect all aspects of life. Among the direct health implications of untreated sleep apnea are high blood pressure, stroke and congestive heart failure. Just as important are other issues related to untreated sleep apnea such as depression, weight gain, job impairment and inability to concentrate, headaches, chronic fatigue and mood swings.


Yes! Sleep apnea is 100% treatable, but first you have to find out whether you have it! Don’t hesitate to get checked out if you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea.