This is a condition when your brain is not functioning properly and not transmitting the signals to the muscles of respiration required for breathing. What this means is that your body stops breathing for short periods of time. You may awake gasping for air with shortness of breath. There is also difficulty falling asleep accompanied by insomnia. Sleep apnea can affect adults and children.
RISKS FOR CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA:
AGE- If you are middle-aged or older you run a high risk of having central sleep apnea.
CARDIAC (heart) DISEASE- If you have congestive heart disease or failure you run a high risk of having central sleep apnea.
DRUGS- Using pain medications such as opioids like methadone increase your risk of central sleep apnea.
STROKE- if you've had a stroke you run a high risk for central sleep apnea.