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Burden of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
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. EDS is the most common (but not universal) symptom of OSA — it is also the most overlooked and neglected. While many health care 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.
Kori Ascher, DO
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
University of Miami
Seema Khosla, MD, FCCP, FAASM
North Dakota Center for Sleep
Fargo, North Dakota
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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