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Sleep Apnea May Be More Prevalent in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

The Huffington Post reports on a new study published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine that has found that sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by obstructed breathing during sleep, may be more prevalent in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Researchers examined 26 patients who suffered from spinal cord injuries and administered a series of sleep-quality questionnaires. Results showed that daytime fatigue was reported by 96% of SCI patients and 77% of SCI patients showed sleep disordered breathing. Additionally, 92% of SCI patients reported poor sleep quality. The most common disordered breathing in this population was central sleep apnea, likely caused by signaling disruption to the brain caused by the spine injury.

Read it in The Huffington Post.

Read the study in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.