Sleep Apnea Induced Insomnia

Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which normal breathing is interrupted by bouts of abnormally shallow and infrequent breaths or where you actually stop breathing all together and then wake up and resume breathing. Each pause in breathing is called an Apnea which depending on the person can be brief or last for a period of minutes.

The abnormally shallow breathing version is called a Hypopnea. When your breathing becomes shallow or paused, it causes carbon dioxide to build up in the blood stream and can reach toxic levels. Your oxygen levels also begin to deplete. To combat this, your brain instinctively takes over and signals to the person to wake up. Normal breathing resumes and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels stabilize once again. This cycle can be continuous and cause your sleep to be interrupted as many as thirty times or more per hour.

Insomnia Survival Guide - available on