Sleep Apnea Focus of Study

Michigan Tech and Portage Health Sleep Disorders Center will be working together on a study on sleep disorders .  The study will be focusing on sleep apnea and strategies for therapeutic solutions for sleep apnea patients.

“We think there might be a relation between sleep apnea and glaucoma, due to the lack of oxygen,” said Smoot, director of the Sleep Disorders Center. “There are also studies that draw connections with asthma, diabetes, and increasing chances for strokes and heart attacks. And we know that alcohol use negatively impacts sleep apnea.”

Dr Carl Smoot and Jason Carter are heading the study at a location accredited by the American  Academy of Sleep Medicine .  The patients participating will be wier or monitored .  The American Heart Association is also interested in the study.

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