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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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.

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 1720 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Obstructive sleep apnea and the prevalence and incidence of cancer.
 

Author(s): Tetyana Kendzerska, Richard S Leung, Gillian Hawker, George Tomlinson, Andrea S Gershon

Journal: CMAJ. 2014 Sep;186(13):985-92.

 

A link between obstructive sleep apnea and cancer development or progression has been suggested, possibly through chronic hypoxemia, but supporting evidence is limited. We examined the association between the severity of obstructive sleep apnea and prevalent and incident cancer, controlling ...

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2014

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The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in patients with difficult-to-treat asthma.
 

Author(s): Selma Firat Guven, Adile Berna Dursun, Bulent Ciftci, Ferda Oner Erkekol, Ozlem Kar Kurt

Journal: Asian Pac. J. Allergy Immunol.. 2014 Jun;32(2):153-9.

 

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs more commonly in asthma patients than in the general population and can complicate asthma management. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of OSA in patients with difficult-to-treat asthma (DTA) and to investigate the sleep quality ...

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2014

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CPAP versus oxygen in obstructive sleep apnea.
 

Author(s): Daniel J Gottlieb, Naresh M Punjabi, Reena Mehra, Sanjay R Patel, Stuart F Quan, Denise C Babineau, Russell P Tracy, Michael Rueschman, Roger S Blumenthal, Eldrin F Lewis, Deepak L Bhatt, Susan Redline

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2014 Jun;370(24):2276-85.

 

Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with hypertension, inflammation, and increased cardiovascular risk. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduces blood pressure, but adherence is often suboptimal, and the benefit beyond management of conventional risk factors is uncertain. ...

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Sleep Apnea" returned 243 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[The treatment of central sleep-apnea syndrome, updated information, and review of the literature].
 

Author(s): Handan Inönü Köseoğlu, Asiye Kanbay, Oğuz Köktürk

Journal: Tuberk Toraks. 2014 ;62(1):68-78.

 

Central sleep-apnea syndrome (CSAS) is a disease state characterized by respiratory arrest as a result of decrease or lack of respiratory drive originating from respiratory center. Although it is seen in less than 5% of the casses who consult to the sleep disorders center, incidence ...

Last Updated: 12 May 2014

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Update on obstructive sleep apnea and its relation to COPD.
 

Author(s): Brian Mieczkowski, Michael E Ezzie

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common and preventable lung disease that affects millions of people in the United States. Sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are also common. It is not surprising that many people with COPD also suffer from OSA. ...

Last Updated: 21 Apr 2014

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Cardiovascular complications of sleep apnea: role of oxidative stress.
 

Author(s): Mohammad Badran, Najib Ayas, Ismail Laher

Journal: Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2014 ;2014():985258.

 

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs in 2% of middle-aged women and 4% of middle-aged men with a higher prevalence among obese subjects. This condition is considered as an independent risk factor for cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases. One of the major pathophysiological ...

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Effects of Treating Sleep Apnea in Patients With Congestive Heart Failure
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

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

 

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2014

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Testing the Elevation as Sleep Apnea Treatment
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Sleep Apnea, Obstructive; Sleep Apnea Syndromes; Sleep

 

Last Updated: 14 Sep 2014

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Effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome on Insulin Sensitivity and Cardiovascular Risk in PCOS Adolescents
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; Sleep Apnea

 

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2014

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