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Complex Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is triggered by a physical blockage of the airway, whereas central sleep apnea is caused by the brain’s failure to adequately regulate regular breathing. Obstructive and central sleep apneas may arise for a number of purposes, but complicated (mixed) sleep disorder arises when the triggers of both obstructive and central sleep disease occur in the same patient at the same time. Learn more about Metro Sleep. Complex sleep disorder covers a broad variety of concerns, all of which arise from an underlying apnea problem. A patient with obstructive sleep apnea who develops chronic cardiac disease, for example, may have less blood supply to the brain, leaving the brain less likely to control breathing while sleeping. In this scenario, the patient will have obstructive sleep apneas as well as core sleep apnea, which is triggered by the brain’s failure to regulate the patient’s breathing in a regular way. The patient will then have complex sleep apnea, which is far more detrimental to the patient’s sleep and physical wellbeing than a single form of apnea. Because of the exacerbated aspect of the apneas encountered, the effects of complex sleep issues are sometimes more extreme variations of the symptoms found with obstructive or core sleep issues, except in moderate instances. When a patient with an apnea due to an actual obstruction of the airway, for example, a core sleep problem may be caused, and the patient may not even...