We recently connected with ASAA Sleep Health Medical Advisory Council member, Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH* and Principal at RVW Clinical Consulting, to chat about the value that nurses can bring to sleep health patients and the sleep medicine community at large.
This entry in our “What about…?” comorbid conditions series discusses how sleep health has a defining influence on the development and progression of pulmonary hypertension (PH). In order to understand how sleep health influences PH, first you need to understand just what PH is.
Those with COPD struggle to maintain a healthy balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in their bloodstream during the day. If they also have OSA, this sleep breathing disorder kicks in as soon as they fall asleep, leading to further stresses to their blood chemistry. While the rest of us rely on that nighttime period of consolidated sleep to maintain health and well being, and to recover from the stresses placed on our
systems by chronic illness, those with Overlap Syndrome never catch a break. This explains the term “overlap syndrome.” It’s a way to reference the never-ending challenges of breathing for those suffering from both COPD and OSA.
When women become hypertensive, they run the risk of having strokes, heart attacks, or developing heart disease or heart arrhythmias, as well as other conditions related to pregnancy, such as preeclampsia. … Certain sleep problems can aggravate preexisting hypertension and may even lead to its development, such as circadian rhythm disorders, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), primary snoring, restless leg syndrome (RLS), shift work disorder, and sleep deprivation by any cause.
Untreated sleep apnea and stroke are something we should all focus on during National Stroke Awareness Month.
Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are known to challenge the various systems in the body to maintain the critical functional balance called homeostasis. The kidneys are two hard-working organs in the body which can also suffer from the long-term consequences of poor sleep. Likewise, kidney dysfunction can have an impact of sleep quality and quantity.