What information about obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) should patients be given?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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All patients should receive education about sleep and proper sleep hygiene, OSA, and the risks of driving while sleepy. They also should receive education regarding the role of nasal CPAP and the importance of daily use, as well as training in the use of CPAP, from a physician, trained technician, or nurse for at least the first month of therapy. This training promotes long-term adherence with treatment.

For more information, see the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center; Mental Health and Behavior Center; and Sleep Disorders Center, as well as Snoring, Fatigue, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders in Women, and Sleep Disorders and Aging.


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