Sleep-Related Hypoventilations

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Sleep-related hypoventilation describes breathing that is too slow or shallow during sleep. The first signs of hypoventilation typically occur during sleep because when we’re awake, our brain can play a more active role5 in regulating our breathing.


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Wiki Number: 42-Sleep-Related Hypoventilations
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Youtube Video: Ventilation, Hypoventilation & Hyperventilation

Amazon or Library Book: (Kindle Only)

A Simple Guide to Hypoventilation Syndromes

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Support Group: CCHS; (Congenital Central Hypoventilation – genetically-caused inadequate breathing)

Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers


The world-wide medical research
reports chosen for each diagnosis 

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PubMed article’s summary-abstract.

  • Pediatric outpatient non-invasive ventilation program: Reflections on the first experience from the Middle East
    by Amal AlNaimi on January 6, 2023

    Long-term noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is being progressively used in children. The current guidelines recommend NIV initiation in the hospital during overnight polysomnography (PSG) titration study. Due to the logistic, socioeconomic, and financial difficulties including bed availability, an outpatient program for NIV initiation and patients/parents counseling to prevent delay and provide cost-effective care has been commissioned. Hence, this study reports on the clinical outcome of our...

  • Sleep medicine for the ENT specialist
    by Julia Schütz on December 13, 2022

    Sleep-related breathing disorders can be divided into obstructive and central sleep apnea, and hypoventilation syndromes. The diagnosis is made according to an algorithm in which clinical symptoms and a polygraphy or polysomnography usually point the way. After initial diagnosis of the most common obstructive sleep apnea, conservative therapies such as positive airway pressure therapy (PAP therapy), positional therapy, and/or mandibular advancement splint are used in many cases, supplemented by...

  • Use of Positive Airway Pressure in the Treatment of Hypoventilation
    by Annie C Lajoie on November 4, 2022

    The treatment of chronic hypoventilation usually requires noninvasive ventilation. However, upper airway obstruction can lead to hypoventilation in conditions such as obesity-hypoventilation syndrome, or chronic obstructive lung diseases (overlap syndrome). In these situations, continuous positive airway pressure can be an effective therapeutic option. This article reviews the pathophysiology of sleep-related hypoventilation, discusses situations where treatment with continuous positive airway...

  • Impact of sleep-related hypoventilation in patients with pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis
    by Yuki Yabuuchi on November 1, 2022

    CONCLUSIONS: SRH may be a poor prognostic factor for PPFE. Additionally, SRH may modify susceptibility to Aspergillosis in patients with PPFE. HOT plus NPPV may improve the disease outcomes in patients with SRH.