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.
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