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CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA
Central apnea results when the brain fails to signal the chest muscles to breathe. A defect in the metabolic control center does not respond properly to carbon dioxide in the blood and shuts down the breathing effort. A 10 second or greater episode of no ventilatory effort and no consequent air flow defines central apnea. Central apneas cause arousals from sleep. In the temporarily awake state normal respiratory effort resumes.