Sleep Apnea Treatment News and Information

What is Sleep Apnea? (Definition)

Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a relatively common disorder which causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses in normal breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition and is disruptive to sleep. When breathing pauses or becomes shallow, the affected person often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs while they are sleeping. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.

See below for updated news and information regarding Sleep Apnea including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Sleep Apnea Treatment News and Research

Model assessment may predict obstructive sleep apnea in children with Down syndrome

(SOURCE: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL) - A combination of parental questionnaires and inexpensive diagnostic procedures that can be performed as part of a primary care visit may be able to rule out the presence of obstructive sleep apnea in people with Down syndrome. If validated in a future study currently in progress, this assessment – developed by a team led by a ...
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Sleep Apnea Can Contribute to Recurring Pulmonary Embolism

(SOURCE: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS) - Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major risk for patients suffering from venous thromboembolism (VTE) and can often be fatal. While advanced age, lack of exercise, and obesity all contribute to PE, it has been hypothesized that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may also promote the formation of blood clots. Because VTE is a chronic condition with ...
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A Single Bout of Sleep Apnea Can Impact Ability to Regulate Blood Pressure

(UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OKANAGAN CAMPUS) According to a recent press release, in a recent study measuring the impact of simulated sleep apnea on humans, researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus found that just six hours of the fluctuating oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can begin to deteriorate a person's circulatory system ...
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