A new research by scientists of the University
of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia has stated that older adults
suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness have
more than twice the risk of death as compared to people who do not have both conditions.
289 adults over 65-years of age were
part of the study. About 20% older adults have sleep apnea and 10-33% adults are
affected by excessive daytime sleepiness. However, having sleep apnea alone or
just feeling excessively sleepy during the day did not increase the risk of
Researchers have not been able to
understand the reason why sleep apnea combined with excessive daytime sleepiness
might increase the risk of death among older adults. Further studies have to be
carried out to find out whether treatment would reduce the risk of death for
these people. This study is published in the journal 'Sleep'.