This post first appeared September 26, 2014 and was updated on July 3, 2017.
What is Apnea?
*APNEA: A complete cessation of airflow for at least ten seconds during sleep. Apneas may be central, obstructive, or mixed.
Types of Apnea
- CENTRAL APNEA (aka CSA)
A complete cessation of airflow and respiratory effort for at least ten seconds during sleep.
- OBSTRUCTIVE APNEA (aka OSA)
A full cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds during sleep which is associated with a continuation of respiratory effort.
- MIXED APNEA (aka COMPLEX APNEA)
A full cessation of airflow for at least ten seconds which begins central (no associated respiratory effort) and ends obstructive (respiratory effort).
8 popular links on sleep apnea in SleepyHeadCentral:
- Do you have insomnia… or do you have sleep apnea?
- Edward Grandi on Sleep Apnea: What is it and what can I do about it?
- Suspect your snoring sleep partner might have apnea? Check these five signs
- Therapies for Sleep Apnea that don’t involve a mask
- What happens if I don’t treat my sleep apnea?
- The easy, obvious way to deal with snoring and mild sleep apnea is to …
- Go to the dentist to fix your apnea?
- “Heard About Sleep?” APNEA… If not, listen in here.
Links to learn more:
- Sleep Apnea Information for Individuals || American Sleep Apnea Association
- Sleep Apnea Information for Clinicians || American Sleep Apnea Association
- Sleep Apnea || MedicineNet.com