FAQ: a glossary of common sleep apnea terms
Obstructive Apnea: occurs when there is effort to breathe, but the airway is blocked anywhere from sinuses to mouth and throat. This is usually due to excess body weight or flabby tissues, but not always. There are exercises that can be done to reduce severity of symptoms such as yawning and singing - in other words - raising the soft palate repeatedly during the day. The same principle as exercises other muscles of the body to strength, tone, and firm them.
Central Nervous System Sleep Apnea: occurs when the nervous system fails to signal the body to breathe. It is widely recognized in the medical and sleep community that there are 5 types of Central Apnea and they all add up to a very small number of people - worldwide.
You will read below about the "idiopathic" cause of central apnea. Idiopathic means "unknown". Sleep doctors are as yet unaware of Dr. Drewry's discovery that the main idiopathic cause of central apnea is PTSD.
The five types:
1. Cheyne-Stokes Breathing: associated with congestive heart failure or stroke.
2. Drug-induced from opioids such as oxycodone and codeine.
3. High-altitude breathing - lack oxygen can cause central apnea.
4. Complex apnea that occurs after using a CPAP. There are many studies that show that CPAP use causes PTSD in many people.
5. Idiopathic (unknown). The curable type of central apnea is caused by the lingering effects of traumatizing events (PTSD) during which a person believes he or she is going to die. There are hundreds of scenarios where this happens. The biggest categories of people at risk are combat veterans, children, people who have had a near-drowning, car accident, ether for surgery, birth trauma, and many more that Dr. Drewry has identified. For case studies and references click here.