Advertisement

Sleep disorders can be improved by taking sleeping drug

Treatment for sleep disorders may well be helped by findings of a recent study carried out by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Researchers have discovered that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were more responsive to therapy after taking a short course of the drug eszopiclone.

In a presentation to the American Thoracic Society's International Conference in San Diego that took place yesterday, the scientists found that the benefits were significant but the take-up of the drug was poor among sufferers.

Report author Anita Shah commented: "To date, the only consistently reliable predictor of long-term use has been compliance with CPAP at treatment initiation. Studies suggest that long-term adherence patterns may be established very early in the course of therapy."

Sleep apnea is characterised by pauses in inhalation and exhalation while a person is sleeping.

Snoring is one symptom of OSA but in most cases that individual with the condition is quite unaware they are experiencing disturbed breathing.

Features

Latest news

CS Healthcare have been recognised as the ‘Most Trusted Health Insurance Provider’ in the UK.

Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital receives 'Outstanding' rating from CQC.

Get an inside look at the world-class care provided by Imperial Private Healthcare

Sleep disorders can be improved by taking sleeping drug
Advertisement
Advertisement
Connect with us on: