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What is the tie in between PTSD and Sleep apnea?

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Dr. Yun Tran
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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