Special Ventilation Masks Help Sleep Apnea Sufferers

by Gopalan on  May 6, 2009 at 1:30 PM General Health News
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 Special Ventilation Masks Help Sleep Apnea Sufferers
Special ventilation masks help sleep apnea, a new Australian study has confirmed by analysing the brain patterns of sleeping people.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that can cause interrupted breathing leading to choking and even death while asleep.

Dr Jong-Won Kim and colleagues from the University of Sydney's Brain Dynamics Group statistically analysed the sleep patterns of patients by polysomonography - recording a person's brain signals, heartbeat, muscle and eye movement - then analysing the results using a mathematical model know as the Markov process.

"Continuous Positive Airways Pressure masks are a common treatment to improve sleep of apneic patients" Dr Kim said. "Special masks to assist with breathing have been prescribed for patients with this disorder for several years, but the feedback from the patients as to their effectiveness was subjective."

Dr Kim and his team analysed sleep patterns of 113 patients with and without the masks, finding that the masks helped improve sleeping patterns in 70 per cent of cases. "Interestingly, from this we found that patients with sleep apnea have a subtle but different brain activity when asleep," Kim says.

People who suffer from sleep apnea toss and turn and wake more frequently than non-sufferers. They are also more likely to snore, wake-up frequently, be obese and are older in age. They are dominantly male with moderate alcohol consumption, daytime sleepiness, hypertension, stroke and metabolic syndrome. Children as young as one or two years can also have the disorder, which can be very worrying for their parents and families.

"Sleep apnea in children may be related to death and loss of brain cells that lead to underdevelopment. So it is vital that medical doctors definitely know that their prescribed method will provide a sound sleep for their patients," Dr Kim commented. "By wearing the mask people can sleep comfortably and without fear of choking in their sleep."

Dr Jong-Won Kim and his team are currently studying 5000 patients at Seoul Hospital to see if their method might be helpful in diagnosing other sleep disorders.

Dr Jong-Won Kim, Dr JS Lee, Prof. PA Robinson and Prof. DU Jeong's paper - Markov Analysis of Sleep Dynamics - will be published in Physical Review Letters on May 8.

Source: Medindia

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Insomnia is a major problem which decreases life quality. Many causes are involved with it and anxiety is often associated. For many years I suffered from sleep apnea wich is one form of Insomnia. From Doctor to Doctor I went looking for solution to my problem.
Using masks for my sleep apnea and snorings. The mask helped me sleep, But again the same problem came back to me without the mask.
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I was told from my Doctor that my brain activety where differnt from normal people and also I had to were my mask every night to sleep comfortably
and without fear of choking in my sleep. The tests made by my Doctor showed that more then 1 minute non-breathing moments over the night where over 100
but using my oxigen mask discreasing about 70 persent.
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