Although obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an ongoing
condition, studies show that OSA symptoms tend to worsen during the winter
months and times of climate change.
A recent 10-year-study conducted by researchers at
the Chest Journal found that OSA patients experienced more breathing pauses
during colder months than warmer ones. This study,
based on findings of 7,500 patients participating in a one-night sleep study,
showed that patients stopped breathing an average of 18 times during the winter
and 15 times during summer months.
This shows that OSA may be negatively affected by
seasonal changes. In addition to temperature, weight change, allergies and
other various illnesses may cause OSA symptoms to worsen during as the year
It’s important to understand that OSA can be life
threatening. If left untreated, sleep apnea may cause high blood pressure,
heart disease, stroke and depression. If you or someone you know suffers from
fatigue and/or daytime drowsiness, we can help! Call us toll-free at
800-710-2727 or visit www.blackstonemedicalservices.com
for more information on home sleep testing.