Apnea simply means not breathing. So anyone with sleep apnea, does not breathe adequately while sleeping. Typical cases involve an obstructive component where the airway is blocked by tissue or tongue during sleep. Most who have this obstructive apnea also snore.
Excessive sleepiness at work like this gentleman in the video is NOT normal. If you experience the fight to stay awake at work or while driving, please contact your Doctor. You may need a sleep study to find out what is going on.
If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, it may be treated with a device called a CPAP. (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) One sleeps using this amazing machine which effectively keeps the airway open using internal air pressure through a nasal mask.
There are several questions to answer which will be helpful in determining the likelihood that you have sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness is just one. Here is a quick Facebook video outlining the best screening questions which will help you decide as to whether a visit to your Doctor is appropriate.
This post is in no way intended to treat, cure, or diagnose anyone or any disease. Please contact your physician if you experience any symptoms mentioned. Affinity Home Medical provides CPAP machines on a daily basis fighting sleep apnea and helping people get better sleep.