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Hypnotics and Sleep Apnea PDF Print E-mail


We are completing a series of chart reviews on our insomnia disorders patients with a special emphasis on those who use a prescription medication to help them sleep.  In our first paper, currently in submission, we are looking at the differences in sleep between insomnia patients with and without psychiatric comorbidities.  And, we are comparing both their subjective and objective sleep data, that is the self-reported information they provide on questionnaires and the physiological data from overnight sleep studies.

In a second chart review, we are looking at a similar type of patient to learn how they interacted with the prescribing physician who placed them on the sleep medication. We want to learn about the initial instructions and education they received from the prescribing physician, and we want to clarify the self-reported efficacy of the medication on their insomnia problem. Last, we will be reviewing their responses to questions about their motivation to sleep without drugs.  In this study, we will also look at both self-report and objective data.


Nocturia and Sleep Apnea PDF Print E-mail

We are looking at a large sample of patients who presented to our sleep centers with complaints of snoring and with nocturia (using the bathroom at some point during the normal sleep period).  Because nocturia has such a strong pathophysiological link to sleep apnea, we are researching whether this symptom is as common as snoring in patients with breathing disorders.

The research will attempt to clarify whether snoring and nocturia are equivalent predictors of a sleep breathing disorder or whether one of these symptoms has advantages over the other when a clinical evaluation can only rely on self-report.  Such information helps us know who needs a sleep study and who does not.

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