The latest news from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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.
Study links healthy sleep duration to less sick time from work
New research suggests that sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night is associated with the lowest risk of absence from work due to sickness. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” 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.