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Daytime impairments in older men with obstructive sleep apnea are related to total sleep time
Date:2/1/2009

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Average total sleep time was measured by actigraphy over multiple nights. Thirty-one percent (889/2849) had a short sleep time of less than 360 minutes per night, and the prevalence of short sleep time increased with AHI. Individuals with higher AHI levels also were slightly older than men with lower AHI levels, and they had a higher body mass index, poorer self-reported health status and a higher Geriatric Depression Scale score.

Keizirian said that having a better understanding of OSA in older adults will help medical professionals treat the condition more effectively.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, OSA is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway. This leads to partial reductions (hypopneas) and complete pauses (apneas) in breathing that can produce abrupt reductions in blood oxygen saturation. Brief arousals from sleep restore normal breathing but can cause a fragmented quality of sleep. Most people with sleep apnea snore loudly and frequently, and they often experience excessive daytime sleepiness.


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