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A person with sleep apnea may have few or many apneic episodes during a night's sleep. 35 individuals suffering from sleep apnea studied at Stanford University's Sleep Disorders Center recorded from 68 to 682 apneic episodes during a seven hour sleep period. The length of time that each apnea lasted ranged from 10 to 190 seconds. The latter figure is not a misprint: some individuals sometimes stopped breathing for as long as three minutes and ten seconds!
HOW CAN SOMEONE LIVE AFTER NOT BREATHING FOR 3 MINUTES.
The cardiovascular system may slow down to the extent that there is a lower oxygen requirement. The oxygen supply decreases and the body is at an extreme resting point.