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Down Syndrome Awareness Month - October 15

October 15, 2023 06:00 AM
Down Syndrome Awareness Month - October 15

Did you know? Sleep apnea is more common in people with Down syndrome.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the throat muscles relax and the airway becomes blocked while an individual is sleeping. The individual does not get enough air so they wake up (although they may not be aware that they have woken up). It leads to poor sleep and lower oxygen levels in the blood. OSA is more common in people with Down syndrome.

Using a CPAP machine while sleeping at night is one treatment. Many people with Down syndrome are successful in using CPAP. Our Resource Library has a video called How to Use a CPAP Machine featuring two individuals with Down syndrome who have OSA and successfully use CPAP machines. The video may be helpful for individuals who struggle to use their CPAP machines. 

Information on hypoglossal nerve stimulation (Inspire) for treating sleep apnea is available in the webinar recordings linked below.

Advancements in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

New Developments in Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation to Relieve Obstructive Sleep Apnea opens in new window


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