Older and younger patients benefit from CPAP therapy equally

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SEATTLE – There’s little difference in improvement for older vs. younger patients treated with CPAP therapy, according to a study from the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa. Researchers evaluated data from 88 patients with both mild and moderate-to-severe newly diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea and categorized them into age groups: younger (less than 55 years) and older (65 or older). After four months of therapy, they found there was a 37% reduction in the Epwroth Sleepiness Scale in both groups. The study was presented last week as part of SLEEP 2015.