It has recently come to my attention that during sleep I am exhibiting the breathing pattern known as Cheyne-Stokes Respiration. Apparently this is related to sleep apnea. Is this very common? Should I see a doctor? I've having trouble sleeping soundly now as I'm concerned about this. I am a 58 year old female and both a friend and my daughter have witnessed this breathing pattern in me.
Cheyne Stokes respiration may occur with obstructive sleep apnea, but is often associated with heart failure. You should have a formal sleep study in a sleep lab. You should also have a complete heart evaluation.
you should see your dr and ask for a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea altho that sounds like what it is....but there are different degrees and some people need to be on a cpap machine to help them breath cos there throat muscles at times relax too much and cause some obstruction........good luck
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