Does sleep apnea make you more susceptible to COVID-19?

Asian man with sleep apnea using CPAP machine

Continued research is being done to determine how COVID-19 affects sleep apnea patients differently. One study, completed at Turku University Hospital in Southwest Finland, revealed that people with sleep apnea may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Of the 278 people with COVID, 28 also suffered from sleep apnea—that’s 29 percent! In a place where only 3.1 percent of the population is diagnosed with sleep apnea, the numbers are alarming.

Another study points to more serious and dangerous outcomes for those suffering from COVID-19 patients who were also being treated for obstructive sleep apnea. The study found that these patients were 2.8 times more likely to die on the seventh day of hospitalization.

We don’t say any of this to incite fear, but to let you know what the findings are so you can make the best decisions for your health. Thankfully, following recommended social distancing and mask guidelines can almost completely eliminate your risk of developing COVID-19.

All of these studies are new and must be further investigated, but they do raise very important questions about the impact of the coronavirus on sleep apnea patients. These studies also don’t talk about the sleep apnea patients’ underlying conditions—such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity—which could play a huge role in outcomes.

How We’re Helping Sleep Apnea Patients

In addition to following basic CDC guidelines, Dr. Timothy Mickiewicz has found a way to provide care for sleep apnea patients, specifically those who have been recently diagnosed and those who don’t currently have access to their CPAP services.

In the earliest stages of the lockdown, Dr. Mick arranged for his lab to produce an affordable and effective sleep device. These can be shipped directly to the patient’s house.

To learn more about this device or how to receive it, check out this blog. For questions, contact Dr. Mick directly at timmickiewicz@gmail.com.

Dr. Mick’s passion for sleep apnea patients stems from his desire to see people live healthy, happy lives. During these unprecedented times, that passion has only grown. Dr. Mick understands the risks associated with sleep apnea and COVID-19. He also understands how poor sleep can lead to a poor immune system that makes a person even more vulnerable to all types of illnesses.

Tips for Better Sleep and Immune System

A strong immune system is a major factor for fighting against the coronavirus and so many other sicknesses. For sleep apnea patients, obtaining good sleep is difficult, but not impossible! Along with wearing an oral appliance and/or using a CPAP machine, Dr. Mick offers these tips for better sleep:

  • Exercise daily (but not right before bedtime)
  • Create a sleep schedule and stick to it
  • Have a nightly routine
  • Set your thermostat to the right temperature
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Remove sound and light from your bedroom
  • Put away all screens at least one hour before bedtime

Every adult should know just how much sleep they need to function properly. For some adults, that’s as little as five hours and for others, it may be even more than eight hours. Find your sweet spot by assessing how you feel after varied sleep times.

Contact Our Sleep Apnea Expert Today

Dr. Mick can help you gain and maintain optimal health through alternative treatments for sleep apnea. There has never been a more important time to receive the treatment you need. Contact our office today at (916) 469-9178 to schedule a consultation.

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