Central Sleep Apnea

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Central sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs because your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: 11-Central Sleep Apnea
Diagnosis: The brain accidentally does not have the lungs breathe in, losing fresh oxygen
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Brain Area: pre-Botzinger complex – in the cerebellum which controls the regularity of breathing
Symptoms: Gaps in breaithing can damage or kill brain cells due to lack of fresh oxygen.
Therapies: Bi-pap and C-pap breathing machines help the regularity of breathing.

Youtube Video: Understanding Mechanisms of Central Sleep Apnea

Amazon or libarary Book: Central Sleep Apnea

Click the book to link or order from Amazon.

Support Group: sleepeducation.org/sleepdisorders; 630-737-9700; (AASM-American Academy of Sleep Disorders)

Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers


The world-wide medical research
reports chosen for each diagnosis 

Clicking each title opens the
PubMed article’s summary-abstract.