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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Yes and no: Patients who have epilepsy and seizure activity and have obstructive apnea can see an increase in seizure activity if the apnea is untreated. ...Read more

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Can benzodiazepines cause sleep apnea?

Can benzodiazepines cause sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: NO THEY MAY WORSEN IT: OSA can be suggested with underling obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.VS HYOID SUSPENSION . ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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Can nocturnal generalized seizures disrupt the sleep cycle and cause erratic sleep and daytime sleepiness? Will anti-seizure meds help?

Can nocturnal generalized seizures disrupt the sleep cycle and cause erratic sleep and daytime sleepiness? Will anti-seizure meds help?

Yes: That can occur and antiseizure meds would help. A sleep study with an expanded montage (more eeg leads) would be the way to evaluate it, or a several day ambulatory eeg. ...Read more

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What are the best hospitals for the treatment of central hypoventilation, central sleep apnea, pathologic hypersomnia, seizures?

What are the best hospitals for the treatment of central hypoventilation, central sleep apnea, pathologic hypersomnia, seizures?

MANY CHOICES: Consider some of the best facilities for respiratory problems. National jewish hospital is ranked #1 by usnwr, but you could receive amazing care at johns hopkins hospital, mass general, mayo clinic, ucla, or a number of other academic centers. ...Read more

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Can Suboxone cause sleep apnea?

Can Suboxone cause sleep apnea?

Bup & sleep apnea: Sleep-disordered breathing (eg sleep apnea) is more common in opioid (mu receptor agonist) users. However, the generalization hasn't been proven scientifically with buprenorphine, a partial mu receptor agonist. A poorly designed 2012 study showed an association between bup & sleep disorder breathing. A link may exist, but likely lower with bup than other opiates. A sleep study would be needed. ...Read more

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What are "periodic breathing" and "AHI" in regards to Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

What are "periodic breathing" and "AHI" in regards to Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Study terms: Periodic breathing: is a respiratory pattern of young infants during the first few weeks of life and is due to “immaturity.” The Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) is an air flow decrease 70% for at least 10 seconds with persistent respiratory effort. ...Read more

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Can sleep deprivation cause a seizure?

Can sleep deprivation cause a seizure?

Possibly,: If you already have epilepsy, it can be an adverse trigger, but other triggers could involve recreational drugs, hypoglycemia, stress, lack of eating, some medication reactions, infection etc. If you have experienced a seizure for the first time, this needs evaluation, and possible therapy. ...Read more

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Can sleep deprivation cause epilepsy?

Can sleep deprivation cause epilepsy?

No: Sleep deprivation will not cause epilepsy but can provoke a seizure in epileptics and non-epileptics. I can make anyone seize if i drop their blood sugar low enough or sleep deprive them enough. Epilepsy is recurrent unprovoked seizures. Sleep deprivation can provoke a seizure but not cause epilepsy. ...Read more

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Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Not a cause: Paranoia does not cause sleep apnea. Medicines that are used to control paranoia may cause or aggravate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is associated with hypertension, obesity, upper airway narrowing and pulmonary hypertension and is a very common problem. ...Read more

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Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Consider Nuvigil: For patients with ongoing sleepiness in spirited of cpap, Nuvigil is usually the next recorded treatment. It only occasionally raises blood pressure, but you should have it checked if you start on it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What is the differance between sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea?

What is the differance between sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea?

Apnea: Obstrutive due to dynamic narrowing of upper airway (nose/throat/wind pipe) by a large tongue, jaw deformities, obesity. Pt usually snores. Central apnea there is no obstruction, usually no snoring . Conditions like heart-kidney failure, stroke, sedatives cause brainstem to decrease respiratory drive when sleeping. Need to treat the conditions. ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc 
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Night terrors: From experience teaching Planned Dream Intervention to over 35,000 people world-wide, I most strongly recommend learning this skill over any medication. When you have disturbing experiences you are going to have unusual or frightening content in your dreams but there is no validity to dream interpretation. My No More Nightmares class teaches clients how to sleep through their dreams-without drugs! ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Psychotherapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxietyor depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Unlikely: Highly unlikely but in a patient with known seizure activity.. Sleep apnea can make the seizure activity worse. ...Read more

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Are sleep apnea, trouble breathing awake and asleep and GERD part of pure autonomic falure or multiple system atrophy? Thanks.

Are sleep apnea, trouble breathing awake and asleep and GERD part of pure autonomic falure or multiple system atrophy? Thanks.

The diseases : You are referring to are rare whereas the other items not necessarily. Talk to your physician & get answers. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause sleep apnea?

Can lupus cause sleep apnea?

Probably not: Lupus by itself will not cause sleep apnea. Apnea is usually obstructive, which is due to being overweight, or having excessive amounts of tissue in the back of the throat. Rarely, it can be central (coming from the brain being "lazy" with breathing), but this would not be present unless your lupus has significant neurological involvement. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more