Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tired & Fatigued: CPAP Improves Daytime Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Excessive daytime sleepiness is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.

But a
new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that many people with sleep apnea have other complaints: fatigue, tiredness or a lack of energy. The study also shows that treating sleep apnea with CPAP therapy can help reduce all of these symptoms.

The study involved 313 people with sleep apnea. They had an average age of 55 years.

Before treatment more than half of participants complained of a lack of energy or tiredness. About 46 percent complained of fatigue; a little less than 40 percent complained of sleepiness. Women were more likely than men to report having a lack of energy.

Results show that these daytime symptoms improved in participants who reported using CPAP for five or more hours per night. The change was statistically significant for every complaint except lack of energy.

“We found that sleep apnea patients who used their CPAP regularly…had much greater success in reducing their fatigue, tiredness and sleepiness,” study author Dr. Ronald Chervin told the AASM. “This suggests that sleep apnea may be the cause of these symptoms, as it is a cause of sleepiness.”

Learn more about the
warning signs for obstructive sleep apnea. Answer these questions on SleepEducation.com to learn more about your risk for sleep apnea.

Get help for sleep apnea at an AASM-accredited sleep center near you.


David Stillwagon said...

Unfortunately cpap doesn't work for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I would tend to agree. Over 5 weeks on CPAP and yet, no change. If anything, almost feel as bad as without it although statistically, it seems to say that my apnea is treated. Not sure what more to do.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms said...

Try from some experts of CPAP.. and i agree CPAP not change yet.

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