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New experiment offers hope for people who suffer from sleep apnoea

New experiment offers hope for people who suffer from sleep apnoea
February 8, 2016 caretocomfort

Central sleep apnoea occurs when there is a breakdown in the signals that regulate breathing during sleep, when oxygen levels are low.

Researchers at Edinburgh University used genetically modified mice to show that an enzyme called AMPK helps maintain a normal breathing pattern. In mice not producing AMPK, the appropriate signals are not sent and they fail to breathe faster when oxygen is low.

a girl sleeps in her bed
Sleep apnoea can cause snoring, high blood pressure and poor memory (Peter Byrne/PA)

 

Central sleep apnoea commonly affects obese people and those with type 2 diabetes. It causes snoring, high blood pressure and poor memory, and sufferers are susceptible to falling asleep during the day.

It is also a problem at higher altitudes, where reduced oxygen levels can disrupt breathing even in fit and healthy people.

Read full article at source: New experiment offers hope for people who suffer from sleep apnoea | Irish Examiner

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