Many patients are not aware that there is more than one type of sleep apnea. Most suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the air pathways are partially or completely blocked during sleep. Central sleep apnea is much more complicated. In this case, the patient does not breathe while sleeping not because their airways are blocked, but because their brain does not send the command to the muscles.
Central sleep apnea is marked most obviously by the pausing of breath during sleep. This is usually notices by the sleeping partner of the patient, who might hear the lack of breath or gasping that comes after when the body wakes itself enough to breathe for a moment. Other symptoms include:
• Tiredness during waking hours
• Waking up often during the night
• Going to the bathroom often at night
• Poor memory and/or difficulty concentrating
• Morning headaches
• Unnaturally shifting or unpleasant moods
Fortunately, our Thousand Oaks sleep apnea expert employs several ways to reduce the inconvenient and often debilitating effects of CSA. CPAP, or positive airway pressure machines, are a commonly used device that supplies a constant stream of air into the system while you sleep. Talk to our expert to see if this treatment option could work for you.