Sleep Apnea

Common Name(s)

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is an ongoing disorder characterized by pauses in breathing that occur while sleeping. These disruptions can occur 30 times or more per hour. After the pauses, breathing will resume, sometimes accompanied by choking or snorting. Some symptoms include: daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia), loud snoring, headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth in the morning, insomnia, or abrupt awakenings in the night. There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and is triggered by the airway collapsing or becoming blocked during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is most common in overweight people. Central sleep apnea occurs when the area of the brain that controls breathing fails to send signals to the breathing muscles. Central sleep apnea can affect anyone and can occur in addition to obstructive sleep apnea.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Sleep Apnea" for support, advocacy or research.

American Sleep Apnea Association

Our mission is to reduce injury, disability and death from sleep apnea and to enhance the lives of those affected by this common disorder.

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Sleep Apnea" for support, advocacy or research.

American Sleep Apnea Association

Our mission is to reduce injury, disability and death from sleep apnea and to enhance the lives of those affected by this common disorder.

http://www.sleepapnea.org

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2013

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General Resources

Online Directory of Products and Services

A directory of products and services for the apnea patient.

Updated 9 Jan 2013

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Apnea Support Forum

Internet Message Board for patients to interact with other patients.

Updated 9 Jan 2013

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CPAP Assistance Program

A program to provide gently used PAP devices to those who have no insurance or their insurance does not cover equipment.

Updated 9 Jan 2013

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Blogs

Executive Director Blog

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Updated 9 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Sleep Apnea" returned 2361 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Assessment of the retinal nerve fiber layer in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea.
 

Author(s): Blanca Ferrandez, Antonio Ferreras, Pilar Calvo, Beatriz Abadia, Jose M Marin, Ana B Pajarin

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The effect of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome in the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thicknesses remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to assess RNFL measurements acquired using scanning laser polarimetry (SLP) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) ...

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2016

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Mean Platelet Volume, Vitamin D and C Reactive Protein Levels in Normal Weight Children with Primary Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.
 

Author(s): Anna Maria Zicari, Francesca Occasi, Federica Di Mauro, Valeria Lollobrigida, Marco Di Fraia, Vincenzo Savastano, Lorenzo Loffredo, Francesco Nicita, Alberto Spalice, Marzia Duse

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Studies on Mean Platelet Volume (MPV) in children with Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) report conflicting results and the hypothesis of an intermittent hypoxemia leading to a systemic inflammation is reaching consensus. Vitamin D exerts anti-inflammatory properties and its deficiency ...

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2016

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Association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Community-Acquired Pneumonia.
 

Author(s): Eusebi Chiner, Mónica Llombart, Joan Valls, Esther Pastor, José N Sancho-Chust, Ada Luz Andreu, Manuel Sánchez-de-la-Torre, Ferran Barbé

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We hypothesized that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can predispose individuals to lower airway infections and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) due to upper airway microaspiration. This study evaluated the association between OSA and CAP.

Last Updated: 7 Apr 2016

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Sleep Apnea" returned 316 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Systematic review: the influence of nasal obstruction on sleep apnea.
 

Author(s): Debora Petrungaro Migueis, Luiz Claudio Santos Thuler, Lucas Neves de Andrade Lemes, Chirlene Santos Souza Moreira, Lucia Joffily, Maria Helena de Araujo-Melo

Journal: Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. ;82(2):223-31.

 

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a common disorder that can lead to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, as well as to metabolic, neurological, and behavioral consequences. It is currently believed that nasal obstruction compromises the quality of sleep when it results ...

Last Updated: 22 Mar 2016

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Can Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Reduce the Risk of Stroke in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Yeshin Kim, Yong Seo Koo, Hee Young Lee, Seo-Young Lee

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been shown to increase the risk of stroke. Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered the treatment of choice for OSA, whether treating OSA with CPAP reduces the risk of stroke remains unclear. We aimed to evaluate the effects ...

Last Updated: 6 Jan 2016

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Obesity, Exercise, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Modifiable Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation.
 

Author(s): Jared D Miller, Konstantinos N Aronis, Jonathan Chrispin, Kaustubha D Patil, Joseph E Marine, Seth S Martin, Michael J Blaha, Roger S Blumenthal, Hugh Calkins

Journal: J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.. 2015 Dec;66(25):2899-906.

 

Classically, the 3 pillars of atrial fibrillation (AF) management have included anticoagulation for prevention of thromboembolism, rhythm control, and rate control. In both prevention and management of AF, a growing body of evidence supports an increased role for comprehensive cardiac ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2015

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Early Sleep Apnea Treatment in Stroke
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sleep Apnea, Obstructive; Sleep Apnea, Central; Stroke

 

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2016

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Effect of Exercise Training on Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Severity
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sleep Apnea Syndromes; Sleep Apnea, Obstructives

 

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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ASV Effects on Myocardial Energetics and Sympathetic Nerve Function in Heart Failure and Sleep Apnea.
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Heart Failure; Obstructive Sleep Apnea; Central Sleep Apnea

 

Last Updated: 21 Jul 2016

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