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Sleep Apnea

  • National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project Yields Concerning Statistics

    In November of 2013, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine announced that it was partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a new project titled the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. The goal of the collaboration was to increase overall awareness of sleep illness, as well as to educate the public on the importance of getting enough sleep; the hope was that by spreading the word, measureable public behavior change could be achieved.

    When the project was first announced, Janet B. Croft, PhD and CDC senior chronic disease epidemiologist said, “Sleep and sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia, are increasingly recognized as vital to a wide variety of public health and chronic disease concerns, including obesity, hypertension, and cancer. The CDC is collaborating with the AASM to improve the health of people through diagnosis and treatment of sleep illness.” The project was slated to last five years, and now that it has almost reached its first year of operation the group has made some important announcements. Perhaps most striking is the overall message that public health and safety are being threatened by the rising number of patients with obstructive sleep apnea, with the number of adult sufferers now estimated to be at least 25 million. The group has assembled a number of studies that show exactly how damaging the condition, which has been shown to increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2-diabetes and stroke, can be. Continue reading

  • Study Reveals Large Percentage of Insomniacs Have Undetected Sleep Apnea

    A newly-released study out of the Sleep and Human Health Institute and Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences, Ltd has determined that among a group of 1,210 patients suffering from chronic insomnia, ninety percent were discovered to be suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea.  It is likely that despite the fact that the patients had been attempting to cure themselves through both over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids for many years, the source of their problem had been the sleep disorder all along. Continue reading

  • Sleep Apnea and the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

    It has long been known that obstructive sleep apnea is associated an increased risk in heart conditions. The sleep disorder contributes to high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and heart attacks. A recent study now indicates that in addition to these problems, obstruction sleep apnea has a significant impact on an individual’s risk for sudden cardiac death. Continue reading

  • New Guidelines Approve Portable Monitor Use

    As more and more physicians and patients are becoming aware of the existence and dangers of obstructive sleep apnea, the number of sleep studies being ordered is on the rise. Though these studies have traditionally been conducted in stand alone sleep laboratories or specialized labs within hospital settings, many patients have objected to being required to sleep away from home in an unfamiliar setting with strangers observing them, and insurance companies have objected to the expense that these studies represent. Portable sleep monitors have been available but many have questioned their usefulness and accuracy.  But the American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines indicating that the portable sleep monitors are an adequate substitute for the more elaborate laboratory testing, and are acceptable for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Continue reading

  • Link Found Between Sleep Apnea and Hearing Loss

    A new study conducted by Dr. Amit Chopra, M.D. of the Albany Medical Center in New York has revealed a possible link between suffering from sleep apnea and hearing loss. The research, which was presented at a recent conference of the American Thoracic Society, determined that out of nearly 14,000 participants from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, at least ten percent exhibited sleep apnea, and of those nearly one third had an increased risk of high frequency hearing loss and a 90 percent increased risk of low frequency hearing loss. There was a 38 percent increased risk of combined hearing loss in people with sleep apnea. The study did control for other potential causes of hearing loss, as well as for age and gender. Continue reading

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