The latest news from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Awake at the Wheel: Healthy Sleep Project launches drowsy driving education campaign
Recent high-profile motor vehicle accidents have brought national attention to the dangers of drowsy driving. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is addressing this pervasive threat to public health and transportation safety by launching the “Awake at the Wheel” public education campaign, which will educate drivers of all ages about the risks of driving while drowsy in order to reduce avoidable accidents and save lives.
Treating sleep apnea in cardiac patients reduces hospital readmission
A study of hospitalized cardiac patients is the first to show that effective treatment with positive airway pressure therapy reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates and emergency department visits in patients with both heart disease and sleep apnea.
Study shows that tongue size and fat may predict sleep apnea risk in obese adults
A new study of obese adults is the first to show that those who have obstructive sleep apnea have a significantly larger tongue with a higher percentage of fat than obese controls. This may provide a mechanistic explanation for the relationship between obesity and sleep apnea.
Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in U.S. threatens public health
Public health and safety are threatened by the increasing prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, which now afflicts at least 25 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Several new studies highlight the destructive nature of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression.
Brain damage caused by severe sleep apnea is reversible
A neuroimaging study is the first to show that white matter damage
caused by severe obstructive sleep apnea can be reversed by continuous
positive airway pressure therapy. The results underscore the importance
of the “Stop the Snore” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness
Project, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society
and other partners.