What causes this temporary stop in breathing?
Answer: Cheyne-Stokes respiration. CSR is a form of periodic breathing characterized by progressively deeper, sometimes faster breathing, followed by an apnea. The pattern repeats itself, with each cycle lasting from anywhere between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. This phenomenon can occur during wakefulness or sleep. It is caused by respiratory center disorder, chronic heart failure, or a morphine overdose.
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