People who are over 60 and have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea could lessen the threat of enduring heart failure simply by using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask during sleep to aid with breathing.

Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the study explored the link between sleep apnoea and heart failure.  Sleep apnoea  is a condition wherein a person stops breathing from 5 to 30 times per hour during sleep.

Previous scientific researches and studies have indicated that people with untreated obstructive sleep apnoea  (OSA) are at risk of developing comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, arrythmias and heart attack.  … Read More...

Sleep Apnoea: Risk Factors During Pregnancy

In a recent study done by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, it was found that older pregnant women who are overweight and who snore have an increased risk of developing interrupted breathing or sleep apnoea. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and endorsed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

According to NICHD’s Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch’s Uma Reddy, M.D., the study opened the door for very affordable means to screen and test large numbers of women who are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnoea during pregnancy.  … Read More...

Top CPAP Machines for 2018

We are now in the last quarter of 2018 and soon, new and improved gadgets will be debuting before the year ends. In the case of CPAP machines, it is almost a sure fact that leading manufacturers of these medical grade breathing devices to help OSA patients, will be coming out with their list of improved models of CPAP machines.

But before we do reviews of new and upcoming CPAP products, let’s take a look at the best CPAP machines that hit the market in 2018.  This list is not ranked.

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto comes with an integrated humidifier and heated tubing for added comfort to users. … Read More...

Non-Compliance to CPAP Therapy Linked to Hospital Readmission

A recent study of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), implies that non-compliance to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is notably linked with increased 30-day readmission to a hospital facility.

The study shows that non-compliant patients are 3.5 times more probable to be readmitted to the hospital within a span of 30 days. These non-adherent patients are 2 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital for cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure, myocardial ischemia, and atrial fibrillation which are closely related to untreated obstructive sleep apnoea.

Dr. Behrouz Jafari is the lead study investigator and the director of Veteran Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System in Long Beach, California.… Read More...

Different Types of Sleep Study

Polysomnogram (PSG), commonly known as sleep study, is a dedicated method to monitor the various physiological changes in the body while one is sleeping.  This type of study helps sleep doctors investigate and diagnose sleep disturbance that occur during sleep.  These sleep disturbances may be medical conditions that cause daytime sleepiness and tiredness, disrupted sleep, memory lapses, lost of concentration and other comorbidities that are linked to lack of sleep.

PSG is a non-invasive procedure. The sensors used may cause minor skin irritations to some but the discomfort is insignificant.  Comfort and safety of patients during the testing are ensured as trained and qualified staff are on duty during the diagnostic test.… Read More...

Untreated Sleep Apnoea Linked to Damaged Brain Cells of Children

Children diagnosed with sleep apnoea but are not undergoing CPAP therapy may exhibit delayed brain development.

A study led by Dr. Leila Kheorandish-Gozal of the University of Chicago indicated that children suffering from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea could have damaged to brain cells. The test subjects showed a significant reduction of gray matter brain cells involved in memory, movement, speech, emotions, self-control, decision-making, and perception, when compared with children of the same age who do not have sleep apnoea.

Statistics indicate that up to 5% of children are affected by sleep apnoea. This study finally linked sleep apnoea and delayed neuronal growth in a child’s developing brain. … Read More...

Sleep Apnoea Increases Risk of Dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that interrupts breathing during sleep. A recent study pertaining to obstructive sleep apnoea and its link to dementia was recently published in the European Respiratory Journal.

The study indicated that changes in the brain during sleep apnoea episodes are directly linked to changes in the structure of the brain seen in elderly people with signs of early dementia.  Scientists at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Center said that new findings indicate that oxygen deprivation during sleep could be tied to alterations in the brain’s temporal lobes and compromised ability to absorb new information.… Read More...

The Link between Sleep Apnoea and Insomnia

Sleep apnoea and insomnia are both classified as sleeping disorders.  The two conditions have been classified; that accepted sleep medicine view is that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and chronic insomnia are separate disorders.  However, there are now evidences that support the belief that these two sleeping disorders overlap.

A study about comorbid insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea indicated that 39% up to 58% of OSA patients are also suffering from insomnia. The study showed that 43% of elderly people diagnosed with chronic insomnia have undiagnosed OSA.

Wide Awake at 3:30 A.M.

Wide Awake at 3:30 A.M.

The question now is does a person have sleep apnoea because of insomnia or does a person have insomnia because of sleep apnoea?… Read More...

Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnoea: Do They Really Work?

The most common sleeping disorder is obstructive sleep apnoea. Millions of people across the globe are affected by the sleeping disorder but not everyone is receiving treatment. If left untreated or poorly treated, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) will negatively impact a person – physically, mentally and even emotionally.

In the last 25 years, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has been the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea.  However, not everyone prescribed with CPAP therapy can tolerate the treatment.

Alternative Sleep Apnoea Treatments

In past blog articles, CPAP Victoria has presented alternative treatment for CPAP therapy.  Alternative treatments for mild cases of OSA include positional therapy and lifestyle changes such as losing weight and regulating alcohol consumption.… Read More...

New Treatment for Sleep Apnoea

One of the core pillars of good health is sound sleep. When a person is in a state of continuous sleep deprivation, his health and quality of life decline.

How many are sleep deprived?

Studies indicate that in developing countries, about 150 million people are sleep deprived. In the United States alone, 1/3 of the population is not getting enough sleep. In Japan, the average sleeping hour is only 5 hours and 59 minutes.  According to research done by the Sleep Health Foundation 33%-45% of Australiana have poor sleep patterns that lead to irritability and fatigue that could lead to unsafe behavior, poor mental health and low productivity.… Read More...