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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a highly prevalent disorder that is growing in incidence in tandem with an obesity epidemic believed to be at the etiologic core of this chronic respiratory disorder. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is the most common (but not universal) symptom of OSA — it is also the most overlooked and neglected. While many healthcare providers (HCPs) are appropriately managing breathing obstruction with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), EDS often remains under-identified and unassessed, therefore chronically unaddressed.
Perhaps the assumption is that CPAP will resolve this bothersome issue or that EDS, in and of itself, is not significant enough to treat. Research reveals that both suppositions are incorrect. Studies have revealed that even regular, consistent use of CPAP does not diminish persistent sleepiness in up to half of OSA patients. Other research has revealed that disturbed sleep plays a strong role in the etiology of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk, both of which are common in patients with OSA. EDS also reduces quality of life (QOL) and ability to function well in daily life, while simultaneously increasing the risk for motor vehicle or workplace accidents. Outcomes for patients with OSA and EDS could be improved if physicians and other clinicians learned to acknowledge, ask about, and manage EDS in their OSA patients who continue to struggle with sleepiness despite adherence to CPAP.
This initiative will increase HCPs awareness of the role that sleepiness plays in worsening QOL and disease burden in OSA patients. It will also improve their competency in evaluating and individualizing treatment for patients with EDS in OSA, and offering to each individual OSA the most appropriate of the three available treatments that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for EDS with OSA.
Paul P. Doghramji, MD
Collegeville Family Practice
Board Member, National Sleep Foundation
Michael Thorpy, MD
Professor of Neurology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director, Sleep-Wake Disorders Center
Department of Neurology
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York
This educational initiative is directed toward sleep specialists, including neurologists, psychiatrists, and pulmonologists; primary care providers; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with residual EDS in OSA.
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Paul P. Doghramji, MD
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