Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This means that the airway has collapsed or is blocked during sleep, thus causing shallow breathing or breathing pauses.

The second type of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, happens when the area of your brain that controls your breathing doesn’t send the correct signals to your breathing muscles. As a result, no effort to breathe is made for brief periods.

Sleep Apnea Services + Programs

The Vancouver Acute Sleep Disorders Program at UBC Hospital is the primary referral centre for complex sleep disorders in British Columbia.

Sleep Apnea Resources + Organizations