Sleep Apnea? Therapy Could Improve Your Life
A new study suggests positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy improves sleep quality and quality of life for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). According to researchers, the best results were observed in people with OSA who adhere closely to the treatment.
PAP therapy is a common treatment for sleep apnea, which often causes snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, can have adverse health effects, and affects nearly 30 million adults in the United States. Positive airway pressure therapy uses slight air pressure administered through a mask worn during sleep to keep the airway open.
This study involved 2,027 patients with sleep apnea who began PAP therapy between 2010 and 2014. The average age of the participants – about 54 percent of whom were men – was 56. After 1 year of therapy, scores on tests designed to measure quality of life – mobility, activity and daytime sleepiness levels, for example – were improved, according to researchers from the Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Disorders Center. Results of the study were published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.