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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Three Main Types of Sleep Apnea – Obstructive, Central and Mixed


The three main types of sleep apnea are:

o   Obstructive Sleep Apnea abbreviated as OSA
o   Central Sleep Apnea abbreviated as CSA
o   Mixed Sleep Apnea abbreviated as MSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
It is the highest widespread kind of sleep apnea that makes up to 84% of the total sleep apnea diagnosis.
In the majority of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) cases, the air ends up to flow into the lungs due to obstruction or blockage in the upper air passage, which is the throat or nose.
Due to the following reasons, the upper air passage could become obstructed:

o    During sleep, the muscles relax in excess that obstruct enough air from passing through

o    The airway becomes narrow due to the excess neck weight

o    The tonsils become inflamed or other temporary causes

o    The enough air could not pass through due to the structure and shape of the jaw, neck or nose.

 

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

It is the least prevailing kind of sleep apnea.
There are a number of cases where the air passage is in fact open, but the air does not flow into the lungs as no attempt is made to respire. The reason for it is the lost communication between the body and the brain and thus the routine act of respiration comes to a halt.
This condition at times is not got noticed because the CSA sufferers even do not snore most of the time.
Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA)
Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of OSA and CSA.  As you know in OSA there is an obstruction is the upper air passage and in CSA no attempt is made to respire. If your desire, your sleep specialist can assist you in understanding more regarding this type of apnea.
Please check with your sleep specialist in case you suspect that you may be suffering from any kind of sleep apnea.

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