Central Sleep Apnea

A less common form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea. This conditioned is diagnosed when a person stops breathing repeatedly while they are asleep. The brain malfunctions and temporarily stops sending signals to the brain muscles that control breathing.

People who have certain medical conditions are more prone to suffer from central sleep apnea. Some of these conditions are: bulbar poliomyelitis, complications that arise from cervical spine surgery, brainstem malfunctions, Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurodegenerative illnesses, cervical spine radiation, server arthritis and severe obesity. The use of certain prescription painkillers containing narcotics can also trigger central sleep apnea.

If the central sleep apnea is attributed to neurological conditions, symptoms may include difficulty swallowing, general weakness or numbness throughout the whole body or changes in voice range. More common side effects and symptoms of sleep apnea such as fatigue, restlessness and lack of deep sleep are shared by both central and obstructive sleep apnea.