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    Are there different types of sleep apnea?

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    Dr David Cunnington

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Specialist sleep physician delivering a high standard of clinical care to clients with complex sleep problems and promoting sleep health through research, education and advocacy. … View Profile

    There are 2 main types of sleep apnea - obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA is where the airway narrows during sleep and typical symptoms are of snoring or gasping during sleep together with tiredness during the day. CSA is less common and there are a number of causes. It is often present in heart failure, after a stroke, or in people taking opiate medications. 

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