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Central Sleep Apnea
Inspira Health’s Sleep Centers can help identify, diagnose and treat dozens of sleep disorders, including central sleep apnea, or CSA. Learn more about our sleep centers today.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
Similar to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when your breathing pauses periodically during sleep. In some cases, people with CSA don’t stop breathing, but instead experience rapid, shallow breathing, which can result in an overall lack of oxygen.
The core difference between the two lies in what causes them: Obstructive sleep apnea is a mechanical problem—it happens when your airway is physically blocked. Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, occurs when the signal for your lungs to inhale isn’t properly transmitted to your brain. Though CSA is less common, this form of the disorder can be just as dangerous.
Signs and Symptoms
Intermittent pauses in breathing is the main symptom of central sleep apnea, but there are others, including:
- Trouble focusing
- Waking during the night
- Lack of energy
Unlike obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea rarely causes snoring.
- Heart disorder like irregular heartbeats (Atrial Fibrillation) or CHF
- Stroke, brain tumor or a structural brainstem lesion
- Opioid use
- High altitude
- Age (65+)
- Gender (Males are more likely to develop CSA)
Testing and Treatment
To test for central sleep apnea, your physician may refer you to a specialist to conduct a sleep apnea test. A polysomnogram, or sleep study, is a comprehensive test that transmits and records specific physical activities while you sleep, such as your heart rate, brain activity, eye movement and oxygen levels, through a series of electronic sensors placed on your legs, head and chest.
If you are diagnosed with CSA, there are a variety of potential treatments your doctor may recommend. First and foremost, it’s helpful to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This means keeping fit, avoiding alcohol and other depressants and getting plenty of rest.
To help keep your airway functioning as you sleep, your doctor may recommend a PAP machine. This device forces air through your nose and/or mouth to ensure you get enough oxygen as you sleep. Other treatments include certain medications can also be prescribed or an implantable device to help stimulate breathing.
Why Choose Inspira?
At Inspira, we understand that getting a good night’s sleep is about more than just rest—it’s about staying well and living a longer, healthier life. Our sleep technicians work closely with our local sleep specialists to better understand how to treat your sleep disorder and other concurrent conditions.
With a team of skilled licensed sleep technicians and specialists practicing in South Jersey, there’s no need to travel outside your community to receive exceptional care. All of our local sleep specialists are board-certified in sleep medicine, bring expertise and depth of knowledge to the sleep lab, ensuring you get the comprehensive services you need, whether it’s conducted in the lab or at home.
Each of our five sleep center locations provides high-quality diagnostic and therapeutic services for central sleep apnea and other disorders. Our facilities offer cutting-edge technology in a calm environment to help patients get the most out of their sleep apnea study. Our local sleep specialists are available for consultation for management of treatment needs.
Inspira Sleep Center Locations
Our sleep specialists treat patients around South Jersey from state-of-the-art facilities.