Originally published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. CLICK HERE to read the full study.
STUDY OBJECTIVES:Many adults sleep with a significant other; thus, sleep disorder symptoms and treatments of one partner are likely to impact the other partner’s health. A literature review was conducted to examine the impact of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and OSA treatments on partner-assessed sleep and daytime functioning and partner involvement in OSA treatment.
METHODS:MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL searches yielded 38 pertinent quantitative and qualitative studies that described sleep and/or daytime functioning assessed in partners of patients with untreated OSA, sleep and/or daytime functioning assessed in partners who were referred for OSA treatment, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance (OA), or surgery, and/or associations between partner involvement and OSA treatment use.
RESULTS:The majority of studies found untreated OSA to have a negative impact on partners’ objective and subjective sleep and daytime functioning, in particular mood, quality of life, and relationship quality. Improvements in partner-assessed sleep quality were reported for CPAP, OA, and surgery. Conflicting results were reported for partners’ mood, quality of life, daytime sleepiness, and relationship quality. Perceived partner support was associated with greater CPAP use.
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