National Sleep Foundation

Chapter 3: Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders


Sleep-related breathing disorders include disorders caused by a reduction or suspension in breathing during sleep; these disorders are a primary cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

This chapter addresses the following types of sleep-related breathing disorders:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)
  • Central Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Sleep-related Hypoventilation Syndromes (SRHS)