Sleep Health & Product Information
- Sleep Health
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Treatment Pathways - General Information
- Treatment Pathways - Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
- Treatment Pathways - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
- DROWZLE System & Smartphone Application
- DROWZLE Sleep Box
- Sleep Well/Live Well - Sleep Improvement Program
Medical & Dental Providers
Why does airway collapse occur during sleep?
Provide brief insight into sleep breathing and airway collapse.
When you sleep, your breathing patterns are different than when you are awake, and the size of the airway gets smaller. Also, the muscles that support the tongue relax during sleep — if you are lying flat, it is more likely that your airway will close up. Several factors may contribute to the airway collapse, like age, weight gain, neck size, and your body type.