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.

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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 2394 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

CPAP for Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
 

Author(s): R Doug McEvoy, Nick A Antic, Emma Heeley, Yuanming Luo, Qiong Ou, Xilong Zhang, Olga Mediano, Rui Chen, Luciano F Drager, Zhihong Liu, Guofang Chen, Baoliang Du, Nigel McArdle, Sutapa Mukherjee, Manjari Tripathi, Laurent Billot, Qiang Li, Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho, Ferran Barbe, Susan Redline, Jiguang Wang, Hisatomi Arima, Bruce Neal, David P White, Ron R Grunstein, Nanshan Zhong, Craig S Anderson,

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2016 Sep;375(10):919-31.

 

Background Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events; whether treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) prevents major cardiovascular events is uncertain. Methods After a 1-week run-in period during which the participants ...

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2016

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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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Simulated Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases P-Wave Duration and P-Wave Dispersion.
 

Author(s): Thomas Gaisl, Annette M Wons, Valentina Rossi, Daniel J Bratton, Christian Schlatzer, Esther I Schwarz, Giovanni Camen, Malcolm Kohler

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A high P-wave duration and dispersion (Pd) have been reported to be a prognostic factor for the occurrence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF), a condition linked to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We tested the hypothesis of whether a short-term increase of P-wave duration and ...

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2016

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Sleep Apnea" returned 319 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Progress in research on obstructive sleep apnea syndrome with hypertension].
 

Author(s): Jie Li, Jing Xie, Mao Jiang, Juanjuan Huang, Tianlun Yang

Journal: Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2016 Feb;41(2):212-7.

 

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a complicated chronic disease caused by certain reasons, characterized by obstruction of the upper airway and apnea or hypopnea during sleep, which can be followed by anoxia, snoring and daytime sleepiness. Recent studies have shown that ...

Last Updated: 2 Mar 2016

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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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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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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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