A large number of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) patients have reported that they have undergone the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies either in the past, present or will in the future, according to a study published in the October 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM).
The study, authored by Amit Sood, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., focused on 646 consecutive patients undergoing polysomnography. The survey instrument comprised 45 items specifically related to CAM therapies.
The response rate was 81 percent. A total of 406 out of 522 (78 percent) patients were diagnosed with OSAHS. Overall, 237 (58 percent) participants reported ever using CAM. Ever and current use specifically for improving sleep was reported by 20 percent and seven percent of the participants, respectively. Twenty-six percent of the subjects reported ever using biologic products, and 52 percent reported ever using nonbiologic CAM treatments. A high proportion of the participants (58 percent) showed interest in future CAM use for improving sleep.
This serves as a reminder for sleep medicine providers to inquire about CAM use and underscores the need to conduct future studies of CAM in patients with OSAHS, added Dr. Sood.
OSAHS is a common chronic disorder of impaired airflow during sleep associated with oxyhemoglobin desaturation, sleep disruption, neurobehavioral consequences, and cardiovascular irregularities.