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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 tumor, high altitude, or opioid use.

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