Role of respiratory control mechanisms in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep disorders.

@article{Younes2008RoleOR,
  title={Role of respiratory control mechanisms in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep disorders.},
  author={M. R. Younes},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={105 5},
  pages={1389-405}
}
Obstructive sleep disorders develop when the normal reduction in pharyngeal dilator activity at sleep onset occurs in an individual whose pharynx requires a relatively high level of dilator activity to remain sufficiently open. They range from steady snoring, to slowly evolving hypopneas, to fast-recurring obstructive hypopneas and apneas. A fundamental observation is that the polysomnographic picture differs substantially among subjects with the same pharyngeal collapsibility, and even in the… CONTINUE READING