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Is central sleep apnea a sleep disorder?

Yes. Central sleep apnea is a situation where your brain tells your lungs not to breathe. This can be considered a more serious form of Apnea, and often has different treatments than obstructive sleep apnea. While a special type of CPAP may be used, treatment for CSA may include medication as well.

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 related to obesity like some other sleep apneas, but can be brought on by heart problems, strokes, or mini-strokes.

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