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What causes mixed sleep apnea?

Mixed sleep apnea generally begins as obstructive sleep apnea, and then later takes on some characteristics of central sleep apnea. With obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissue of the throat or upper airway relaxes and blocks air during sleep, making breathing difficult. 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.

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