Treating sleep apnoea, a common sleep disorder, boosts people's productivity
at work, according to a new study.
Sleep apnea interrupts breathing during sleep, causing people with the
condition to wake up throughout the night. Previous research has shown that
people with sleep apnoea are less productive at work, usually because of
excessive daytime sleepiness.
The new study looked at whether using continuous positive airway pressure
(CPAP) during sleep improved the participants' productivity. With CPAP, a
patient wears a mask connected to a machine that sends pressurised air into the
throat to keep the airway open throughout the night.
How the study was done
The study included 45 people, aged 40 to 56, with sleep apnoea who completed
questionnaires before and after three months of CPAP treatment.
The 35 patients who closely followed the treatment program had significant
improvements in their daytime sleepiness levels and in their work productivity,
but this was not the case for the 10 patients who did not follow the treatment
program, the investigators found.
"Continuous positive airway pressure is the gold standard treatment for
moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnoea," study lead author Dr Evangelia Nena
said in a European Lung Foundation news release. "Previous research has shown
the potential benefits of CPAP to patients' health and quality of life, and our
findings add to this body of evidence, demonstrating the advantages the
treatment can have on productivity at work."
Data and conclusions of research presented at meetings typically are
considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
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