10 Jul

Home Testing Does Not Impact Clinical Outcomes

Home testing of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) followed by initiation of home treatment with an auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure (AutoCPAP or APAP) device reduced costs compared with in-laboratory testing and titration without negatively impacting clinical outcomes, researchers have shown. This according to a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.

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13 Apr

Red Sox Player Mike Napoli Undergoes Surgery to Remedy Sleep Apnea

Mike Napoli, 2013. Photo: Keith Allison

Mike Napoli, 2013. Photo: Keith Allison

For many, mild to moderate sleep apnea means sleep study testing – at home (we hope) or in a lab – and the use of dental appliances or CPAP machines to keep an individual breathing properly in his sleep. For Boston slugger Mike Napoli, treatment for severe sleep apnea became more complex.

Athletes, especially, know how important it is to get the right amount of sleep each night. But Napoli, previous to his treatment, was waking up anywhere from 50 to 100 times per night. He couldn’t remember the last time he actually had a dream.

Thanks to Dr. Kaban, the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial SUrgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Napoli now sleeps soundly. The procedure, called maxillomandibular advancement, reconfigured Napoli’s entire jaw and sinus area.

To read the entire article about Napoli’s treatment, how sleepiness impacts athletes, and how even circadian changes impact MLB players, check out Science of nap time: Seeking an edge in the most basic of all human needs on SI.com.

19 Sep

Study: Too Little or Too Much Sleep Affects Job Performance

You might think that skipping sleep to put in more hours at your place of employment can actually be rewarding in terms of your job performance. According to a new study, that is actually not true. Staying awake for a few more hours on the job may actually hurt your work attendance in the long run, according to the first nationally representative study to examine the link between sleep and work absences.
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18 Sep

Study: Sleep Apnea Makes High Blood Pressure Resistant to Treatment

A new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine finds that sleep apnea (OSA) contributes to high blood pressure and makes hypertension resistant to treatment. The study, titled “Association of Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Elevated Blood Pressure Despite Antihypertensive Use,” shows that even patients who were under close care from heart specialists and who followed the national guidelines to treat cardiovascular risk still experienced uncontrolled blood pressure due to their untreated sleep apnea.
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