Problems Breathing While Sleeping

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Definition

Breathing that slows down or stops from any cause is called apnea.

See also:

  • Apnea of prematurity
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Alternative Names

Respiration slowed or stopped; Not breathing; Respiratory arrest; Apnea


Considerations

Apnea can come and go and be temporary. This can occur with obstructive sleep apnea, for example.

Prolonged apnea means a person has stopped breathing. If the heart is still active, the condition is known as respiratory arrest. This is a life-threatening...

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Obstructive sleep apnea

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