Sleep Apnea Leads To A Spike In Your Risk Of Death

August 2, 2008

Australian researchers have put out a new study, linking sleep apnea to an increased risk of death......Washington (ChattahBox) – Australian researchers have put out a new study, linking sleep apnea to an increased risk of death.

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder which keeps people from sleeping throughout the night.

This was the first study to look at sleep apnea outside of sleeping centers, and in the general public.

Researchers were led by Nathaniel Marshall of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia.

In total, 380 men and women took part, with all between the age of 40 and 65.

Over the course of the study, they found that 33% of those with moderate to severe sleep apnea died.

Comparing this to the other groups, 6.5% of those with mild sleep apnea, and 7.7% of those without sleep apnea.

According to the report, the risk of death associated with those who have moderate to severe sleep apnea was six times higher than those without.

The study was published in the August 1st edition of Sleep.


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