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Central Sleep Apnea Symptoms To Watch

Central sleep apnea symptoms are practically comparable to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The main difference is that snoring isn’t as prominent. Central sleep apnea is far more deadly than OSA. Basic signs of central sleep apnea can include abnormal breathing pattern while asleep, heavy snoring, sudden awakening with gasping for air, breathlessness that’s quite often relieved by sitting up, insomnia and hypersomnia.

In obstructive sleep apnea, loud, heavy snoring is among the significant sleep apnea symptoms. This happens while an impediment in the air passages blocks the air that is entering into the lungs. The brain then tells one’s body to arise because it is not getting a sufficient quantity of oxygen. In central sleep apnea, however, it is the brain that has a deficiency. It doesn’t deliver appropriate signals to the muscles of one’s body that’s assigned to breathing, hence the breathing halts. Central sleep apnea may be a reaction to heart related ailments like heart failure and stroke. Being in locations with a high altitude when you are not accustomed to it could cause someone to develop central sleep apnea symptoms. Certain medications can also cause the condition.

Diagnosis might require going to a sleep facility for a complete assessment of the sleep problem. An assessment by medical doctor specializing in the heart (cardiologist) and nerves (neurologist) could be required to figure out the cause of the central sleep apnea. Medical examination to identify central sleep apnea can include polysomnography, blood oxygen monitoring, cardiorespiratoy testing and blood testing.

If you’re having other sleep apnea symptoms such as extreme daytime sleepiness, exhaustion, trouble sleeping and pauses in breathing, get checked by your medical professional instantly.


Disclaimer: This posting is based on information freely available in the popular press and medical journals that deal with sleep apnea. Nothing herein is intended to be or should be construed to be any sort of medical advice. For medical advice the reader should consult with his or her physician or other medical specialist.

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