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By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT on February 25th, 2016

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What Are The Effects of Exercise on Sleep Apnea?

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exercise-916x563.jpgHow does regular exercise affect sleep apnea?

Several studies have shown that supervised exercise has a favorable effect on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  In a study called "Effects of Exercise Training on Sleep Apnea: A Meta-analysis" researchers examined the effects of exercise on sleep apnea by measuring the severity of OSA in adults before and after exercise. 

The impact of exercise on reducing the severity of sleep apnea 

The study found that there is a "statistically significant effect of exercise in reducing the severity of sleep apnea in patients with OSA with minimal changes in body weight."  In other words, exercise that improves cardiorespiratory fitness actually helps patients to manage their OSA.

An in-depth look into exercise and sleep apnea 

The AAST's Journal Club examines a case of a patient with OSA and the impact exercise had on the severity of his OSA.  In addition, Dr. Christopher Kline discusses a study of the effect of a regular exercise regime on patients with obstructive sleep apnea.  Polysomnographic and quality of life measures were utilized.  The mechanisms by which exercise might affect the upper airway and apnea frequency are reviewed as well.

To learn more about this case click here for access to this Journal Club case, which also awards 1 CEC to sleep technologists upon completion.

It's your chance to better understand how you can suggest exercise as a way for OSA patients to manage their condition!

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About Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT

Because of the implementation of his best practices of Implementing Inbound Marketing in its Medical Practice, he turned the once stagnant online presence of Alaska Sleep Clinic to that of "The Most Trafficked Sleep Center Website in the World" in just 18 months time. He is the President and CEO of inboundMed and enjoys helping sleep centers across the globe grow their business through his unique vision and experience of over 27 years in sleep medicine.

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