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Asthma is a Risk Factor of Sleep Apnea

Ah, sleep. We look forward to it every day and we never want it to end. But what happens when you get a full night's sleep, but wake up exhausted nevertheless? You may have sleep apnea, and you may want to consider using a CPAP machine.

Sleep apnea is a very dangerous sleep disorder, in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops. This disorder is prevalent in an estimated 18 million Americans, and more often affects men than women. On an average night's sleep, an apnea sufferer can experience up to 60 pauses in breathing per hour. As a result, the condition can lead to other serious health issues, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes caused by excess weight.

A new study has also revealed that obstructive sleep apnea increases with asthma. There has already been extensive research into the connection between the two, but it has been unclear whether asthma was a risk factor for sleep apnea, or a result of the disorder. The new findings indicate that the asthma comes first in this particular chicken-and-egg game, increasing the risk for apnea.

This study, completed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, focused on randomly selected adult participants who attended an overnight in-laboratory sleep test and completed a series of health questions every four years. Known as the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study, this ongoing study has been following 1500 participants since 1988.

Led by Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences Paul Peppard, researchers concluded that patients with asthma were 1.70 times more likely to develop sleep apnea than those without asthma. Additionally, the link was even stronger in individuals who had developed asthma as children. This risk was 2.34% higher.

During their eight-year follow-up process, University of Wisconsin researchers found that 45 individuals developed asthma, and of that group they were 48% more likely to develop sleep apnea as a result.

No matter if you have asthma or not, using a CPAP machine as a treatment for apnea can significantly increase your quality of life. These sleep apnea machines blow a consistent stream of air into the nasal cavity through a CPAP mask, in order to keep the passages open and prevent any pauses in breathing.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, check out the CPAP machines and other equipment offered by 1800CPAP today.