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Sleep-disordered breathing linked with functional decline.

Women who experienced repeated interruptions (apnea) or decreases (hypopnea) in breathing during sleep were more likely to have trouble performing tasks of daily living than women without disrupted sleep, according to a study published in the November 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The 302 women (mean age 82.3 years) in the study underwent an in-home sleep evaluation at the study's outset. During the five-year follow-up period, women who had the highest number of breathing interruptions during sleep--more than 15 per hour--were more than twice as likely to report having difficulty with daily activities. These findings emphasize the importance of getting treatment if you have sleep-disordered breathing, such as sleep apnea, a condition that also has been linked with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression.

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Title Annotation:FRONTLINE
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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