It’s been a little over a year since the outbreak of the entirely too familiar COVID-19. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones have remained safe during this time, but the reality is that the disease impacted all kinds of people in different ways, and we sometimes don’t know why. However, with time and knowing what we know now, studies have come out that people diagnosed with Sleep Apnea are at a higher risk for hospitalization for COVID-19.
Why does having Sleep Apnea increase your risk of COVID-19 hospitalization?
Sleep Apnea is associated with higher body mass index (BMI), diabetes, older age and male gender, which are all risk factors for severe COVID-19. Researchers identified 445 individuals with COVID-19, and 38 (8.5%) of them with OSA of whom 19 out of 91 (20.9%) were hospitalized.
Of the patients requiring hospitalization for severe COVID-19, more than 1 in 5 had OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), which was shown to be associated with COVID-19 hospitalization independent from age, sex, BMI, and comorbidities.
The researchers in the study concluded, “We believe that our finding may help in identifying high-risk individuals for severe forms of COVID-19 infection, and therefore screening for previous indications of OSA could be beneficial among individuals testing positive for the virus.”
Vaccines are rolling out and life is getting a little bit back to normal, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. If you suspect you may have undiagnosed Sleep Apnea, make an appointment to get a sleep test today so you can identify your risk factors early on and avoid hospitalization for COVID-19.
As busy and sleep-deprived as our lives were pre-COVID-19, there have been mass accounts of sleep issues during this pandemic. Have you been experiencing trouble sleeping during the last two months? Well, rest assured (pun intended) that you’re not alone! Nothing could prepare us for the anxiety, uncertainty, and worry that comes with a global crisis.
However, getting adequate shut-eye with a rampant virus is going on is critical. Sleep boosts your immune system, strengthens your body’s defense system and can even aid in making vaccines (when it comes available) more effective.
In addition to positive effects for the body, a solid night’s rest can improve mood and brain function. We’re so used to making plans and constantly moving, so being asked to slow down and deal with an uncertain future can make you feel anxious and potentially depressed. In other words, we can use all of the mood enhancers we can get!
What can you do to get back to a night of healthy sleep?
Set your schedule.
Set a routine wake-up time even if you’re working from home or currently unemployed. It’s crucial to keep your body on a steady schedule. This also means making time to wind down before bed and going to bed around the same time every night.
Reserve your bed for bedtime.
Working from home means you can probably work anywhere in your house, but leave the work out of the bedroom. Your brain needs to be able to separate work from rest.
Make sure to get outside and go for a walk, jog or bike ride to release your mind of any anxiety and stress related to the pandemic. This will help you sleep better at night!
Like everything, this too shall pass. But in the meantime, take care of your mind and body. If you need additional help sleeping, contact Sleep Rehab for a consultation. We’re here for you!
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We all want to sleep well, but for patients with sleep apnea, getting a full night of rest is difficult. Thankfully, treatment is possible. At Sleep Rehab in Garland, TX, a better night of sleep is only three steps away