Sleep apnea sucks. You literally stop breathing while sleeping. And yet an estimated 80% of moderate to severe cases remain undiagnosed. Maybe that’s because its most alarming symptom happens while you’re asleep.

This 3 Minute Challenge Will Leave You Breathless

We’ve designed the Sleep Apnea Challenge to simulate the feeling of sleep apnea while fully awake. Give us 3 minutes and we’ll show you just how serious obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be. The rules are simple: Try to keep up with each gif for only 1 minute.

Sounds easy? Let’s start off with mild sleep apnea…

How did you feel after trying it for just 1 minute? Imagine if you spent your whole night that way. A pause in breathing is considered an apnea when it lasts 10 seconds or more, and those with mild OSA will have five to 14 of these events per hour.

Now let’s kick it up to moderate OSA, with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 15-29 events per hour…

Still with us? You might be starting to see why the most commonly reported symptoms of OSA include headaches, daytime sleepiness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.

Now let’s get serious with the severe apnea range; defined as 30+ apneas/hour, but has been known to exceed 100 stops in breathing per hour…

Did you make it the full 60 seconds? Great! Now try that for 8 hours and you’ll understand why untreated OSA is linked to heart disease, hypertension, and even a higher risk of stroke.

All challenges aside, sleep apnea is not a game. Use a sleep apnea quiz to assess your risk, then discuss any symptoms you may have with your health care professional.

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