What is Central Sleep Apnea?

Healthy vs. Disrupted Breathing

CSA is a serious condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep.During healthy sleep, the brain controls breathing by sending the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. For adults with CSA, the brain fails to send appropriate signals to these muscles.

What Causes Central Sleep Apnea?

Central Sleep Apnea is much less common than OSA and often can be a symptom of another health issue such as heart failure. So it’s important to speak to your doctor about what you’re experiencing. Treatment for CSA may involve treating existing conditions, using a breathing assist device, or taking oxygen supplements. 

Waking up fatigued is a sign of Sleep Apnea- Serenity Sleep Lab

Central & Obstructive Sleep Apnea ARE NOT THE SAME!

Though both these sleep disorders have the same symptom- breathing repeatedly stopping and starting during sleep- the reasons behind why this happens is different. While obstructive sleep apnea is caused by something blocking the airway (an obstruction), central sleep apnea occurs when the BRAIN DOESN’T SEND PROPER SIGNALS to the muscles that control breathing! 

Both of these disorders are dangerous and should be diagnosed and treated by a sleep specialist. If you or someone you love may suffer from these symptoms, give us a call today at 256-255-1931!

What Causes Central Sleep Apnea?

Central Sleep Apnea is much less common than OSA and often can be a symptom of another health issue such as heart failure. So it’s important to speak to your doctor about what you’re experiencing. Treatment for CSA may involve treating existing conditions, using a breathing assist device, or taking oxygen supplements. 

How Do You Know When To Seek Help?

There are many signs you may be suffering from CSA such as;

  • Not feeling rested when you wake in the mornings 
  • Difficulty focusing or falling asleep while working
  • Constant waking up throughout the night 
  • Excessive drowsiness or falling asleep during the day
  • noticed stopped breathing during sleep 
  • difficulty staying asleep
  • chest pain at night
  • mood swings or irritability during the day
  •  snoring
  • fatigue or low stamina 

Types of Central Sleep ApneaPressure Airway Device to treat sleep apnea-serenity sleep lab

There are multitudes of conditions that affect your brain’s ability to transmit messages throughout the body. The type of CSA you have narrows down what underlying condition may be the culprit. 

  1. Cheyne-Stokes breathing is a type of Sleep Apnea that doctors commonly associated with heart failure or stroke. This type of CSA is characterized by “a gradual increase and then decrease in breathing effort and airflow.”
  2. Drug-induced apnea is caused by medications such as morphine or oxycodone that cause your breathing patterns to become dangerously irregular. 
  3. High altitude periodic breathing is induced by Cheyne-Stokes breathing caused by high altitudes. 
  4. Some people diagnosed with OSA develop CSA while using an airway device meant to help patients experience consistent breathing patterns throughout the night. 
  5. Conditions such as kidney disease, heart failure, past strokes, and others may cause Medical Condition Induced CSA. 
  6. Idiopathic (primary) central sleep apnea. The cause of this uncommon type of central sleep apnea isn’t known.
Do you feel fatigued throughout the day, even after a full night’s rest?

For those who suffer from CSA, this is because restorative sleep is impossible without treatment. Patients wake up constantly throughout the night preventing them from entering the REM sleep cycle and causing daytime drowsiness, irritability, and even inducing other sleep disorders(like narcolepsy and insomnia). In addition, without the proper amount of oxygen flowing to the heart at night CSA may adversely worsen any existing health issues or even cause health conditions to develop! 

If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms we highly recommend you seek help. At Our sleep lab in Cullman, Alabama we offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders such as CSA and more. Our initial consultation is free and our services are covered by most insurance companies. 

Book your treatment with us today by calling us at 256-255-1900/1931 or submitting the form below. Submitting your online request is a much better way to get in touch and get in for your appointment than calling, as we are currently very overwhelmed with calls for COVID Testing.

You can also download your forms and bring them to your sleep consultation to avoid long waiting periods.

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