Longer Treatment Benefits Sleep Apnea Patients
Adults with obstructive sleep apnea benefit significantly from longer nightly use of continuous positive airway pressure, a device to improve breathing during sleep.
This is the first study to identify the nightly duration of CPAP use needed to gain maximum benefit for daytime alertness and functioning.
Researchers at seven sleep centers in the United States and Canada studied 149 adults with sleep apnea to determine how long they routinely used CPAP each night. In addition, patients were evaluated for daytime symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness using two widely accepted assessment tools, and for daytime functioning using a standardized test before treatment and after three months of CPAP therapy.