- "2011 National Institutes of Health Sleep Disorders Research Plan"
- CPAP (Health Topics)
- National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
- Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency (Health Topics)
- Severe Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Risk of Death (NHLBI News Release, August 2009)
- Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Risk of Stroke (NHLBI News Release, April 2010)
- Sleep Studies (Health Topics)
- Updated NIH Sleep Disorders Research Plan Seeks To Promote and Protect Sleep Health (NHLBI News Release, November 2011)
- "Your Guide to Healthy Sleep"
- Sleep and Sleep Disorders Fact Sheet (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention)
- Sleep Apnea (MedlinePlus)
- Sleep Disorders (MedlinePlus)
Sleep Apnea Research: The HeartBeat Study06/07/2012
In this video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—Dr. Susan Redline of Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital discusses her ongoing sleep apnea research. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can raise your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, obesity, and diabetes.
One of Dr. Redline's projects, the HeartBEAT Study, is comparing treatments for sleep apnea to see whether they lower the risk of heart disease. The results of this research, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, may help reduce deaths from heart attacks and strokes.
Living With and Managing Sleep Apnea05/18/2011
This video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—shows how Jim, the father of two young girls, has coped with having sleep apnea. Symptoms such as waking up tired and falling asleep while driving long distances made Jim concerned about his health. While Jim was sleeping, his wife noticed snoring and long periods of silence followed by gasps.
Wanting a better quality of life, Jim sought the advice of his doctor, who recommended a sleep study. As a result of the sleep study, Jim was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and prescribed treatment with a CPAP machine. CPAP provides mild air pressure to keep the airways open during sleep.
Jim explains that adjusting to CPAP treatment was hard at first, and his inability to stick with the treatment led to more symptoms. However, after using the CPAP machine regularly, Jim feels better and has more energy to do activities with his children.
For more information about living with and managing sleep apnea, go to the Health Topics Sleep Apnea article.