2008-08-01 Sleep Apnea May Be Deadly - Risk of Premature Death 3 Times Higher in People With Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/news/20080801/sleep-apnea-may-be-deadly

Suffering from sleep apnea may do more than just spoil a good night's sleep. A new study shows that people with severe sleep apnea may be up to three times more likely to die prematurely, and that risk increases if the sleep disorder is left untreated.

Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep and is often accompanied by snoring. About 6% of adults in the U.S. suffer from moderate to severe forms of the condition, and 17% have less severe forms.

In the study, researchers followed more than 1,500 adults for 18 years who had been screened for sleep apnea at the start of the study. The results showed that about 19% of those with severe sleep apnea died during the follow-up period compared with only 4% of those without sleep apnea.(Read entire article)

2008-08-01 Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Disease, Premature Death

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,396022,00.html

Shakespeare once called sleep the "balm of hurt minds."

Bodies, too, apparently.

People with the severe form of a disorder that interferes with sleep are several times more likely to die from any cause than are folks without apnea, researchers report in the latest edition of the journal Sleep.

The findings in the 18-year study confirm smaller studies that have indicated an increased risk of death for people with sleep apnea, also known as sleep-disordered breathing.(Read entire article)