An important clinical research study conducted at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with Southampton Research Institute South Wales Health Board and the Akershus University Hospital shows that it may enable early detection of early signs of sleep apnea – a condition for which there are few medications for assessment yet.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which sufferers stop breathing while moving their upper and lower airways and are unable to keep their eyes open (neurologic syndrome). About 1 in 1000 people or around 20 percent are affected in a given year.

To date there are no medical tests available for detecting the early signs of sleep apnea (eg rapid eye movement (REM) but information associated with breathing movement and mental status changes is considered vital information for medical decision-making.

Of particular significance is information about breathing face-to-face. For many sleeping face-to-face may mean that they can sleep better; however information gathered by stop so called breathing faces may be useful for late detection or monitoring of sleep apnea. Our study was able to show that night shift work and jet lag can have major effect on this critical respiratory issue by increasing the area affected by severe sleep apnea explains Dr. Zoe G. Hennessy lead author of the study from London University of Cambridge and clinical investigator of the Sleep Clinic at Southampton.

She emphasises: Though it is rare severe sleep apnea can affect 30-40 percent of people a year and can potentially lead to permanent need for airway manipulation and pressure pneumonysis. Our study combined with our previous work indicates that it may help to help detect these early stages of sleep apnea. Weve found that night-shift work exposure can have a significant and significant impact on the areas affected by severe sleep apnea. This does not only increase the risk of stroke heart attack and other rapidly developing sleep disorders but may also lead to permanent memory loss within the same individuals. This seems to be a universal and overlooked biological condition. Its not surprising to find common diseases like sleep apnea that impact on all such organs throughout the day and night so understanding the link can help predict the incidence and progression of sleep apnea and prevent its sudden appearance during wakefulness.

DSPORT was co-funded by the National Institute for Health Research and Clinical Practice. A full list of all funding sources can be viewed here.

About the Birmingham Sleep Clinic Birmingham Sleep Clinic is a comprehensive sleep healthcare service for adults children and young people living in or around Birmingham who have difficulty falling asleep staying asleep and waking at all times.

We strive to provide your very best night each person needs 48 hours of sleep every night by:eating right drinking enough tea medication if requiredor to get some exercise lock the front door and stop being late to work.

Alternatively if you feel sleepy or overwhelmed by your work and dont get to your destination by 8pm lie down in a warm bed for up to four hours we recommend you switch off the light and get some air as you stand up and begin to feel sleepy.

We offer our sleep clinic to all people over the age of 14 but also some people over the age of 64. Our sleep doctors are trained and experienced in every aspect of your sleep: prevention prioritising and sleep management. We have your best self and your best self and will provide you with an excellent and personalised care plan to help you to improve.

Our sleep area is open to all from every age. You can access it online through different device as you do. If you have attended our free once a month exam you will only pay for one session.

Morning session appointments are available at the Sleep Clinic Office Royal Gordon and Surrey Heath?Dr. Reidar Kileath Sheriffs Court of Birmingham is United Kingdom clinic (05040) or see the Sleep Clinic on the QED.

Night-time testing is available at the Birmingham Sleep Clinic Royal Gordon and Surrey Heath? Leicester M10 5AS. Birmingham Sleep Clinic services are to be provided in the following needs:-Free Consultation with a sleep doctor or the equivalent in the UK who is trained by one of the following academies: the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) the European Association for Integrative Sleep Medicine or the Scandinavian Academy of Finland.

-Program of activity for all forms of sleep-downtime.

-Information desk which is open from 8am to 4am 24 hours a day in the Birmingham Sleep Clinic Office (located in the Birmingham Medway Hotel Room 6 – 0008).