A 69-year-old male asked:
what is the tie in between ptsd and sleep apnea?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Yun Tran answered
15 years experience Family Medicine
Unrelated: Obstructive sleep apnea is more of a physical problem. There is an obstruction in the airway during sleep (excess weight, collapsed tongue, enlarged tonsils, small pharynx, etc. Central sleep apnea is where the brain does not control breathing properly during sleep. Neither is related to PTSD. PTSD and sleep apnea can co-exist, but one does not cause the other or increase risk of the other.
Answered on Mar 18, 2016
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