Central sleep apnea is not as popular as obstructive sleep apnea. However, this type of sleep apnea can be deadly if the appropriate treatment is not applied timely. Different from obstructive sleep apnea, which caused by physical problems, central sleep apnea is caused by the malfunction of a section of the brain. Recognizing central sleep apnea symptoms fast is very important to the success of treatments. Here are the most significant symptoms of central sleep apnea:
Stop breathing during sleep
When the part of the brain that controls the breath functions properly, it will create a signal for the lungs to breathe regularly. However, in central sleep apnea, as I said above, this part doesn’t function as it’s expected. It doesn’t produce strong enough signals for the lungs to operate. The result, as you can guess, stops breathing. The length of each apnea can range from a few seconds (mild cases) to a few minutes or even more (serious cases).
Abrupt awakening during sleep accompanied by shortness of breath.
Usually, when the person stops breathing, the oxygen level in the blood dropped heavily and the brain senses the danger and casts an alert. The awakening is a kind of protection that prevents sudden death may occur.
Difficulty in falling asleep and stay sleeping
A person with central sleep apnea has many wake-ups during the night, the quality of sleep cannot be good. Also, as they know they can stop breathing during sleep (which might cause death), they can have the fear and try not to sleep. In the long term, stress, anxiety caused by fear can lead to insomnia.
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Needless to say, when you don’t have proper night sleep, daytime drowsiness is something unavoidable. You can also find it really hard to concentrate on the work you do. In children, sleep apnea can cause bad learning results. In adults, low productivity is expected.
Breath in a short pace and relieve by sitting up
By sitting up, you wake the section of the brain that control breathing and bring it back to a normal working state.
This is a typical symptom of sleep apnea.
When you recognize you have such symptoms, seeing a doctor immediately is recommended. Treat the problem in the initial phase is always easier when it fully develops. Read more