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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) & COVID-19

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a problem in which your breathing pauses during sleep. (OSA) occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during. Obstructive sleep apnea is seen in all age groups, but the frequency increases with age and obesity. Symptoms include snoring and daytime sleepiness. Weight loss, sleeping on one’s side, and decreasing alcohol consumption can help. The delivery of pressure via a face or nasal mask (CPAP) is often prescribed.

Researchers at the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland are suggesting that
obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be a risk factor for severe COVID-19. According to an article in News
Medical Life Sciences
, the team found that a disproportionate number of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 had pre-existing OSA (diagnosed a median of 2.5 years beforehand).

For more information on how obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be a risk for COVID-19, please check out the slumberBUMP link below.