What is it?

Sleep related hypoventilation/hypoxemia is a category of sleep- related breathing disorders. Sleep related hypoventilation/hypoxemia refers to insufficient breathing during sleep, that may be caused due to different conditions. This condition is characterized by an increase in carbon dioxide in the blood. There are several subtypes of the disorder, caused by different reasons such as obesity, medication, substance use, different medical conditions and more.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, poor sleep quality, mood changes, difficulty to concentrate and memory problems.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include sleep study, polysomnography, to measure carbon dioxide levels and other body functions.


Treatment includes wearing a mask during sleep that provides positive airway pressure (PAP).

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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