Sleep Apnea

“Yeah, I snore a lot. Champion snorer in my family. So what’s the big deal?”Apnea means “without breath.” If apnea continues for four minutes, you will die. It’s a big deal. If apnea occurs while you are sleeping, you will not know it. Fortunately, your body has warning systems and mechanisms that will try to…

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Officer, Did You Have a Good Sleep Last Night?

About 40% of almost 5000 police officers in the U.S. and Canada screened positive for at leat one sleep disorder, the most common being obstructive sleep apnea (33.6%). Those with a sleep disorder were more likely to make adminstrative errors, not show up for work, fall asleep while driving, and to lash out at suspects.…

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Overweight Children With School Issues May Have Sleep Disordered Breathing

Overweight children aged 10-16 years old with sleep disordered breathing (SDB) often have difficulties with attention span, and suffer increased depression and anxiety. This study found that 30% of students with moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) received a grade “C” or below, while only 15% of students without obstructive sleep apnea received a C or lower. Conversely, 15%…

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Driving Ability of Sleep Apnea Patients Worse with Alcohol Use

Driving skills in people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more severely affected by alcohol use and sleep deprivation than age-matched controls. Australian investigators found both sleep restriction (4 hrs. max in last 24 hrs.) or a moderate blood alcohol level (0.05 g/dL, which is lower than the legal driving limit in the U.S.) caused…

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Weight Loss Helps Control Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) diagnosis is increasing--maybe due in part to our increasing collective flab. In a study of 250 type 2 diabetics with OSA, the participants were randomized to an intensive weight-control program or to three sessions of diabetes management instruction (controls). After one year, those in the weight-control group had lost more weight…

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Sleep Apnea Patients Need to Avoid Even Small Amounts of Alcohol for Safety

Investigators in Austrailia have compared the impact of small amounts of alcohol and sleep deprivation on the simulated driving skills of those with untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and controls. Subjects with OSA were 21% more likely to have crashes after a small amount of alcohol (BAC 0.05 g/dL) and 32% more likely following sleep…

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