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The Struggle is Real
  • Posted by: sleepapnea.org
  • Category: News

By Eugena Brooks Happy May! Spring is here, and summer is coming. If you are like me, you should be energized by the improving weather and excited to get the summer activities started. Speaking of which brings me to the point of this blog being about the first official event that kicks off the summer…

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When sleep apnea and COPD meet: Overlap Syndrome
  • Posted by: sleepapnea.org
  • Category: News, Uncategorized

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.

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