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Sleep Mask Treatment Helps Seniors with Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea and diabetesDid you know that sleep apnea is common in diabetics? The sleep disorder, characterized by loud snoring and breathing that repeatedly stops and starts, can cause daytime fatigue (and frustration for your bed partner!).

So what’s the connection between diabetes and sleep apnea? Lack of sleep can cause high blood sugar levels, and, conversely, high blood sugar levels may cause frequent urination, which causes sleep loss.

Also, sleep apnea is linked to obesity, a common condition in prediabetics and diabetics.

Recently, a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found that seniors who wore a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask at night reduced their levels of daytime sleepiness and even lowered their healthcare costs. CPAP treats moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (the most common form of sleep apnea) by pushing a stream of air through the patient’s nose to keep the airway open. The study looked at 278 sleep apnea patients aged 65 and older in the UK.

 

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