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Can I have more information about the causes of central sleep apnea in young adults?

August 12th, 2012

I have been recently diagnosed with both obstructive and central sleep apnea (mostly central) and I would really like to know if anyone out there can give me some of the causes. I am 19 years old, did cross country and track intensely in high school (so I think I am healthy?), and probably may have had sleep apnea for about 4 years now. My dad snores a lot and I am definitely not overweight. I just want to know if anyone has heard of a similar case because I would really like answers since I just want to sleep already 🙁 By the way, I am not getting my CPAP until next week because my sleep doctor is looking the results from my second sleep study in regards to the central sleep apnea. Answers will be greatly appreciated!!

Central sleep apnea is when you repeatedly stop breathing during sleep because the brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while you are asleep because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy.
A pause in breathing is called an apnea episode. A decrease in airflow during breathing is called a hypopnea episode. Almost everyone has brief apnea episodes while they sleep.

3 Responses

  1. Gotta Know Says:

    Your physical fitness is not the only factor that contributes to sleep apnea.

    Stress is a big part of it.

    If you have signed up for the study, you will know soon enough.
    References :

  2. gangadharan nair Says:

    Central sleep apnea is when you repeatedly stop breathing during sleep because the brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.
    Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while you are asleep because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy.
    A pause in breathing is called an apnea episode. A decrease in airflow during breathing is called a hypopnea episode. Almost everyone has brief apnea episodes while they sleep.
    References :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_sleep_apnea
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pulmonary_disorders/sleep_apnea/central_sleep_apnea.html
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003997.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obstructive_sleep_apnea
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pulmonary_disorders/sleep_apnea/obstructive_sleep_apnea.html
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000811.htm

  3. emgee Says:

    Don’t sleep on your back.

    – sleep apnea with a C-PAP.
    References :

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