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Asthma linked to sleep apnea

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Asthma linked to sleep apnea

According to a new study people with asthma are at increased risk for sleep apnea.

Mihaela Teodorescu, MD from the University of Wisconsin, reported in the January 13 issue of the JAMA the connection and also stated  the longer you have had asthma the more likely you are to get a serious sleep disorder.  A sleep disorder like this could be where the breathing repeatedly starts and stops.

Treatment of sleep apnea is extremely important to prevent major health problems.  The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure machine or CPAP.

cfp graphic gimpCommon symptoms of sleep apnea are excessive snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue.  These symptoms are sometimes difficult to recognize.  Other symptoms include waking in the middle of sleep gasping or choking and waking up in the morning unrested or feeling groggy.

Please consult your local family doctor if you are concerned with your sleep habits.

 

Contact one of the dedicated professionals at Cox Family Practice

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