CPAP treatment improves productivity, study finds
BERLIN, Germany – CPAP treatment bolsters productivity at work for those suffering from sleep apnea, according to a study conducted by the European Respiratory Society and the European Sleep Research Society. Using the Endicott Work Productivity Scale, a questionnaire designed to assess workplace productivity, and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, a questionnaire that measures daytime sleepiness, researchers found that 35 of 45 sleep apnea patients who adhered to CPAP treatment for three months showed significant improvement at work. The 10 patients who did not comply with the treatment showed no significant improvement, the study found. “Previous research has shown the potential benefits of CPAP to patients’ health and quality of life and our findings add to this body of evidence,” stated lead author Evangelia Nena, MD, PhD. The study will be presented April 11 at the Sleep and Breathing Conference in Berlin.