In Central Sleep Apnea, the brain fails to send the signals to inhale and exhale to the muscles that control the body’s breathing, causing the sleeper to miss one or more cycles of breathing. Patients with Central Sleep Apnea generally experience less sleepiness during the day than people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
- Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.
What are the most common Symptoms?
- Snoring and pauses in breathing
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- High blood pressure
- Morning headaches
- Poor judgment or concentration
Higher risk people include those with obesity, a thick neck, and those who drink alcohol prior to bedtime. Unfortunately, only 5% of patients are diagnosed and treated for their obstructive sleep apnea. Please visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis. You may want to complete the Sleepiness Questionnaire, and bring it with you.