Central Sleep Apnea
- Q What is central sleep apnea?
Central sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. During sleep, breathing stops many times for ten seconds or longer. This may cause snoring, snorting, gasping, or choking during sleep. The frequent interruptions caused by sleep apnea may lead to an unsatisfying... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of central sleep apnea?
Central sleep apnea can have different symptoms. Your breath might be shallow, or it might stop entirely for ten seconds or more as you sleep. You might choke, snort, gasp, or snore while you sleep. However, in central sleep apnea, snoring is not... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my central sleep apnea on a daily basis?
If you have central sleep apnea, you should follow your doctor's instructions on a daily basis. This may mean using a device as you sleep, such as CPAP or bi-level PAP. Make sure to use the device as directed. If you have severe central sleep... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with central sleep apnea?
If you are caring for someone who has sleep apnea, you should make an appointment with their doctor. Then, you should help the person follow their doctor's instructions on a daily basis. If their doctor recommends that they use a device to help... Full Answer
- Q How does central sleep apnea affect the body?
Central sleep apnea affects the body by interfering with sleep. Less oxygen and more carbon dioxide get into your bloodstream than they would otherwise. As you sleep, your breath might be shallow, or it might stop entirely for up to a minute. You... Full Answer
- Q Is central sleep apnea a sleep disorder?
Central sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. With central sleep apnea, there is a communication problem between the brain stem and the respiratory system. This causes pauses between breaths to last too long. Central sleep apnea is relatively rare and is not... Full Answer
- Q What causes central sleep apnea?
With central sleep apnea, there is a communication problem between the brain stem and the respiratory system when you are asleep. This causes pauses between breaths to last too long. Central sleep apnea can be brought on by heart failure, stroke, brain... Full Answer
- Q How is central sleep apnea diagnosed?
Central sleep apnea can be diagnosed by a doctor. Your doctor might examine you and ask you questions. Your doctor might send you to a sleep lab for a polysomnography test to look at your heart, lungs, brain, limb movements, and breathing as you sleep.... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for central sleep apnea?
There are few or no proven alternative treatments recommended for central sleep apnea. But since many cases of central sleep apnea are caused by another medical condition, treating that condition may help clear up your sleep apnea symptoms. For more... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for central sleep apnea?
Many treatment options are available for sleep apnea. Your doctor will be able to suggest the option that is best for you. If you central sleep apnea is caused by an underlying medical problem, your doctor may recommend treating it. They also may suggest... Full Answer