Breathing Related Sleep Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Sleep Disorder Causes, Sleep Apnea Causes, Sleep Disordered Breathing Causes, Sleep Apnea Disorder Causes, Sleep Breathing Disorders Causes, Insomnia Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Breathing related sleep disorder can affect both men and women with higher prevalence in men. Individuals who loudly snore and have some abnormality in the airway passages are likely to have breathing-related sleep disorder. Being overweight can also cause sleep apnea. A family history of breathing related sleep disorder can also be a predisposing factor. Likewise, individuals with high blood pressure and are overweight can also be at risk for the disorder.

Obstructive sleep apnea usually happens when there is a relaxation of the muscles in the back of the throat. These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils and the tongue. Once the airway passage closes or narrows down the airflow will stop causing one to stop breathing. Once sleep apnea occurs during sleep the person is likely unaware that they stopped breathing. This will cause them to suddenly awake and gasp for breath. Other possible causes for the condition are structural abnormalities and condition such as swollen tonsils, strangely large adenoids and other defects.

The most common cause of central sleep apnea is heart disease and less common, stroke. Central sleep apnea more often occurs in older adults. This type of sleep apnea is frequently associated with cardiac or neurological conditions when the brain fails to transmit signals to the breathing muscles therefore affecting the airflow regulation. However, unlike people with obstructive sleep apnea, individuals with central sleep apnea are aware that they have awakened when this occurs.

The causes of complex or mixed sleep apnea involves the combination of factors that cause obstructive sleep apnea involving upper airway obstruction but it also involves problems with the rhythm of breathing and irregular lapses of breathing exertion.

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