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Update - Help for daytime sleepiness

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VOL: 102, ISSUE: 20, PAGE NO: 40

A meta-analysis on the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has concluded that its use with patients who have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) produces

A meta-analysis on the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has concluded that its use with patients who have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) produces
only small improvements in subjective daytime sleepiness as well as objective daytime wakefulness.

The authors noted that obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome affects an estimated 2-4% of the middle-aged population.

The analysis was based on seven randomised controlled trials, where CPAP was compared with either a placebo or with conservative management in the treatment of mild to moderate OSAS.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is characterised by excessive daytime sleepiness, with irregular breathing at night.The syndrome can lead to impaired cognitive function and mood and personality changes.

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