Sleep Apnea

A Disorder That Impairs Breathing During Sleep Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder that is highly disruptive to healthy, restful sleep. Estimates suggest that sleep apnea is present in at least 25 million adults. Men are regarded at higher risk than women for this disorder. However, scientific research also indicates that sleep apnea…

Is Sleep Apnea Related to the ‘Sperm Crisis’?

Results of a newly released study suggest an intriguing possibility: could the “sperm crisis” observed in the French study and others be at least partially the result of sleep apnea?

Women, Sleep Apnea and Heart Health: More Connections

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder with serious health consequences. People who suffer from OSA are at higher risk for cardiovascular problems including high blood pressure, arrhythmia, heart attack and stroke. Research indicates obstructive sleep apnea disrupts healthy glucose function and decreases insulin sensitivity, increasing risk for type 2 diabetes. Obstructive sleep apnea results…

New recommendations to doctors for treating sleep apnea

For adults with obstructive sleep apnea, using CPAP therapy or other airway-opening devices are one of the best courses of action to treat their sleep disorder. Overweight and obese adults with sleep apnea should also be encouraged and helped to lose weight as part of treating sleep apnea. These are the messages from new clinical…

Treat your sleep apnea and look younger

There’s no shortage of reasons to treat obstructive sleep apnea, including your overall health, your ability to function well during the daytime, and even your sex life. Here’s another: treating your sleep apnea will likely improve your appearance. New research indicates that effectively treating sleep apnea with CPAP therapy results in patients looking younger and more…

Type 2 Diabetes? Hypertension? Get Tested for Sleep Apnea!

If you suffer from type 2 diabetes or hypertension, you should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea by a physician who is board-certified in sleep medicine. This is a recommendation recently issued for the first time by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. This new guideline could have a significant impact on diagnostic procedures for tens…

Sleep apnea and sudden cardiac death

There’s important news for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing: new research has shown OSA may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death. A large-scale study of more than 10,000 adults over a period of 15 years found obstructive sleep apnea associated with a significantly increased risk of sudden cardiac death. Researchers…

Abdominal fat in men linked to sleep apnea

Obesity has long been considered one of the most important risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea in adults. In particular, visceral fat—a type of fat that collects in the abdomen—is increasingly regarded as a particularly significant risk factor for sleep apnea. Visceral fat in the abdomen is located within the abdominal cavity, around the body’s…

Asthma—a risk factor for sleep apnea?

There are several risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea that are long-standing and well known. They include lifestyle and health factors such as obesity or excess body weight, high-blood pressure, and alcohol and tobacco use, as well as genetic and demographic factors such as family history of the disease, being older, and being male….