Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder - symptoms, causes and treatment - GoMentor

Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder

Also known as sleep apnea, a breathing-related sleep disorder can cause quite a few problems in a person's life. There are two main types of sleep apnea, including obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Some experience a mix of both types. When a person stops breathing during the night, even if it's for short periods of time, it adds up and takes a toll on the body as the brain doesn't get enough oxygen. Before letting the problem get out of hand, online therapy for breathing-related sleep disorder here at is recommended. First, here are some other facts about sleep apnea.

Causes of Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder 

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction to the upper airway that makes a person wake up in order to breathe. Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, is caused by a complete shutdown of the respiratory system, which causes a person to awaken. For some, it may be a combination of both of these reasons. In both cases, however, it is primarily a physical problem that causes difficulty breathing which causes a disruption in sleep. No matter what the exact cause of sleep apnea, there are many symptoms that will appear before the exact cause is known. Looking for these is important to avoid the risks associated with breathing-related sleep disorder.

Symptoms and Dangers of Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder 

Restless sleep at night is the biggest symptom of this sleep disorder. While it is difficult to tell if someone stops breathing for a short period of time, there are tests that can be given to help determine if this is happening. This may be an option for someone getting a lot of restless sleep and doesn't feel refreshed in the morning. If the symptoms are ignored, there are many serious dangers that may develop because of sleep apnea.  Some of these include high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heart beats,  heart attacks, diabetes, depression as well as other problems. This is why treatment for sleep apnea is so important if the symptoms of breathing-related sleep disorder appear.


Treatment for Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder 

While there may be some physical aspects of treatment for a breathing-related sleep disorder, the power of psychotherapy should not be forgotten. Here at, we offer online therapy that can help with all the symptoms of sleep apnea as well as lowering the chance of serious consequences that may develop because of sleep apnea. The trained therapists on can help instruct and guide on best practices when dealing with this sleep disorder, as well as advice on how to deal with the emotional side of the disorder. Speaking of emotional support, this is where our online self-help forum can really help with everything related to this sleep disorder.

Definition of Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder

A breathing-related sleep disorder is a disorder that disrupts sleep due to irregular breathing patterns. Treatment for sleep apnea should include both therapy and counseling to deal with all the emotional and physical factors that come with the sleep disorder.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder

  • Interrupted, restless sleep at night
  • Depression
  • Memory difficulties
  • Heartburn
  • Reduced libido
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Changes in personality

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