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What are the types of sleep apnea?

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There are two types :

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common. It results from a blocked airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea happens when your brain doesn't tell your muscles to breathe. This results from a problem in the part of your brain that controls breathing.

SOURCES:
The National Sleep Foundation.
National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 1, 2020

SOURCES:
The National Sleep Foundation.
National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 1, 2020

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