NY Times reports Insomnia Is Linked to Trouble Breathing

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The New York Times reported yesterday that insomnia may be linked to difficulty breathing when a person is supposed to be asleep.  Citing a study from the Journal of Sleep, a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, the Times is reporting that chronic insomniacs wake upwards of thirty times a night with 90% of each waking event being preceded by a drop in oxygen saturation levels caused by an obstruction in breathing. This obstruction is likely located in the upper airway (throat or nasal passages).  The chronic insomniac experiences a microarrousal in order to take a breath when oxygen levels in the body drop precipitously due to the obstruction, .  While not attributing the insomnia directly to obstructive sleep apnea, the mechanism seems eerily similar. The study had a limited number of participants and is not considered conclusive, but it does suggest the need for further research.  If supported by additional studies, it is reasonable to assume that a treatment for insomnia related breathing disorders would be an oral appliance or a CPAP machine.

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Here is the link to the New York Times report: