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
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)
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)