The prevalence of sleep problems, combined with a growing array of user-friendly devices for conducting home sleep tests, represents an opportunity for primary care physicians to add a new income stream and improve the quality of life for many of their patients.
Increased awareness of obstructive sleep apnea in the 1990s has resulted in a steady demand and, therefore, long waits at specialty sleep centers. But a new report indicates that, when trained properly, primary care physicians can provide the same level of clinical care as sleep center specialists.
Sleep apnea affects women and men differently because of sex-specific changes in the brain. This is the finding of researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)'s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, and Brain Research Institute.