Expanding Sleep Resources
There are a lot of good resources available to us today that even 10 years ago we did not have. I encourage you to read the various e-magazines and periodicals and keep up with what's happening in sleep. There is constantly new and exciting research being published and changes going on in government that greatly affect us.
I have some very saavy people attending our AWAKE support group who show up with a lot of good questions and suggestions. I am proud of them for investing in learning about their sleep problems in this way and for bringing what they've learned to the group. (This must be how teachers feel when the light goes on in the student's brain.) It's a good thing.
This week of interest to me was an article comparing CPAP to oxygen and CPAP to exercise. The benefits of regular use of CPAP come as no surprise to those of us who work in sleep, but it is nice to see it in black and white and now almost on a daily basis. The report said that in patients with OSA who have a cardiovascular risk, CPAP proved more beneficial than giving oxygen at night. The same held true of CPAP versus exercise. Obese people with elevated CRP levels who wore CPAP at night had results that were similar to a weight-loss intervention in reducing the inflammatory maker -- very interesting. Check it out on MedPage Today; it's full of research and continuing education information.