Health Fusion: 2 common sleep disorders could be a deadly combo – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER – A combination of two common sleep disorders can increase your risk of heart disease and death. The guilty? Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Researchers from Flinders University in Australia looked at data from more than 5,000 people over 15 years. The results of their study show that people with both insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea were twice as likely to have high blood pressure and 70% more likely to have cardiovascular disease than people who had only one or none of the conditions.

“Given the higher risk of adverse health outcomes in these individuals, it is important that individuals undergoing screening for one condition are also screened for the other,” says Dr. Bastien Lechat from the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute: Sleep Health.

If you have both conditions, researchers use the term comorbid insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (COMISA) to describe the combination.

They recommend that anyone undergoing screening for one of the sleep disorders should also be screened for the other. Treatments can help lower the health risks associated with both sleep disorders.

Both insomnia and OSA can cause daytime sleepiness and dysfunction. People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. People with OSA can snore. They often stop breathing at night and snort themselves awake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website notes that about 22 million people have OSA and the disorder increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression.

The research is published in the European Respiratory Journal.
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