Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is a condition when you stop breathing during sleep because the brain is not sending the correct messages to the muscles in your body that are responsible for breathing. It occurs more commonly in patients with congestive heart failure, when using certain pain medications, or with certain injuries to the areas of the brain that control breathing.
Central sleep apnea is different than obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops during sleep because the airway closes. Central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Shirley Jones's, patient emphasis is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, General Pulmonary Medicine, Intensive Care Unit Delirium, Quality Improvement, Sleep Disorders. She also serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.