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Central Sleep Apnea and Your Brainstem

by / Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Published in Sleep Apnea and CPAP, Sleeping and Sleep Disorders
Central Sleep Apnea and your Brain

According to the Mayo Clinic Sleep Center, central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to transmit signals to your breathing muscles. Central sleep apnea can be caused by a number of conditions that affect the ability of your brainstem which links your brain to your spinal cord and controls many functions such as heart rate and breathing.

There are various types of central sleep apnea such as Cheyne-Stokes breathing, Drug-induced apnea, High-altitude periodic breathing, and Idiopathic central sleep apnea. But the most common is Complex sleep apnea, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which is treated with the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). It is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.

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Source:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/central-sleep-apnea/DS00995/DSECTION=causes

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