Adults with asthma might be at greater risk of sleep apnea, according to recent results of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study.
The study, published Jan. 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found obstructive sleep apnea was more common in patients with asthma than those without.
Researchers focused on 1,521 randomly chosen state employees and followed them from 1988 to 2013. Among 81 asthma patients with normal sleep studies at the start of the research, 22, or 27%, developed obstructive sleep apnea compared with 16% of nonasthmatic patients. Patients with asthma were nearly 40% more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea, according to the study.
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