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Lung Disorders

2004 Edition

New Research:
CPAP Helps Both Patients and Partners

Sleep apnea can impact not only the person with the condition, but also the individual sharing his or her bedroom. Bed partners often report that hearing their partners’ snoring, gasping, and choking makes a good night’s sleep virtually impossible.

Now, a study shows that treatment of sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves sleep and quality of life for both patient and bed partner.

Researchers studied the impact of CPAP on 54 people with sleep apnea and their bed partners. At the beginning of the study, both individuals filled out questionnaires to determine their quality of life and how sleepy they felt during the day.

After six weeks of CPAP treatment, patients and their partners filled out the questionnaires again. When researchers compared the two sets of answers, they found that both patients and their partners felt less sleepy and had more energy when the person with sleep apnea used CPAP. Both also said they functioned better socially and felt healthier mentally.

Volume 124, page 942
September 2003



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