Sleep Disordered Breathing
||Sleep Disordered Breathing
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Identify and discuss the key elements of what is referred to as Sleep Disordered Breathing.
- Describe the prevalence, pathophysiology, and diagnostic techniques associated with each of the key elements of SDB.
- Discuss the various treatments and their outcomes associated with each element.
Humans spend almost 30% of their lives sleeping. Over the past 30 years, physicians have begun to recognize many of the detrimental consequences of sleep disturbances produced by abnormal breathing patterns termed sleep-disordered breathing (SDB).1 Sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders constitute the greatest number of sleep disorders seen by pulmonologists as well as general practitioners in the outpatient setting. Besides being a common disorder, SDB also has been associated with considerable morbidity. Therefore, a basic understanding of this prevalent disease state is essential for the practicing physician.