During sleep, some people stop breathing for short periods, a condition known as sleep apnea. This partly awakens them and prevents normal, restful sleep. Many people with sleep apnea have trouble concentrating and are sleepy during the day. These symptoms can be troublesome, or even dangerous (if, for example, the affected person falls asleep while driving). The usual treatment for sleep apnea involves wearing a mask during sleep that uses air pressure to keep the breathing passages open; this treatment is called continuous positive airway pressure.