Sleep Apnea and Sleep Duration, Both Problematic
We have obviously written before about how sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can cause problems with your daytime functionality. But according to a new sleep study from the journal, SLEEP, men may be more affected by a short sleep duration than by interrupted sleep caused by sleep apnea.
The article states: “Neither sleep disturbances nor sleep-related quality of life were associated with OSA [Obstructive Sleep Apnea] severity; all three measures were modestly associated with total sleep time.” In older men, the functional consequences of sleep apnea proved to be relieved by extending the actual amount of time dedicated to better sleeping. “This study showed that in a community-dwelling group of older men, the severity of OSA was not associated with daytime sleepiness, sleep symptoms, or sleep-related quality of life, after controlling for sleep duration.”
Brief arousals from sleep apnea are caused by the closing of air passageways during sleep. Oxygen deprivation wakes the sleeper, and in turn, interrupts their sleep pattern. It appears that the effects of these interruptions can be solved, not by better sleeping, but by longer sleep hours.
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