Do you often wake up from a full night's sleep and still feel tired? Well you might be suffering from sleep apnea. It’s a condition that affects about 1 in every 15 Americans, but more men than women. "The percentage in men is between 22 and 25 percent of men have sleep apnea." Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing during sleep and the muscles in the neck relax, obstructing the flow of air. "What usually happens is they snore, they snore, there's a pause, and then there's a louder snore accompanied with movement. So the brain makes the body move so they won't die without oxygen." Doctor Garza-Lozano says men who suffer from sleep apnea probably won't realize it, but their spouse will start to notice the symptoms first. "As the neck muscles relax, the first thing is snoring, so the first signs are people starting to snore and the one's who are really going to complain are the wives." Other symptoms include: waking up with a sore or dry throat, lack of energy during the day, morning headaches, and high blood pressure. If left untreated, the condition can really have an affect on a person's life. "Short term is the fatigue, that you don't do the same thing with your family, with your kids, with your job, the fact that you're asleep all day, or struggling throughout the day, you drink more caffeine than you should, that has all the adverse events with that, and long term it's said that people who suffer from sleep apnea live about five years less than if you don't have sleep apnea." If your doctor suspects you have sleep apnea he may send you to the sleep center at LMC to find out for sure. "They'll connect this to your brain to see your brain waves, they connect it to your chest to do an EKG to see how your heart's doing." "First you do the sleep study, you figure out if they do have the obstruction, then you do the second night sleep study, which is when they put the machine on, the mask on with the pressures to see how much pressure you really need." Doctor Garza-Lozano says the usual treatment for sleep apnea is a bi-pap machine, but in extreme cases surgery may be required. While sleep apnea is most common in people who are overweight, if you lose weight through diet and exercise, you may not need any other treatment at all.