Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. (Try 38 times per hour)
Breathing pauses can last a few seconds to minutes. They often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep 3 or more nights a week. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses and becomes shallow.
This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.