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A recent article in HME News1 profiles how technology is being embraced to help address the rising tide of sleep disorders.


Awareness of sleep disorders – and their adverse impact on the brain and heart – has grown significantly in recent years among patients and care providers. Increased numbers of physicians are taking an interest into the science of sleep, and its impact on overall health and wellness. New therapies and connected technologies are hitting the market. More and more patients are being prescribed CPAP therapy.

Just how prevalent are sleep disorders now vs. decades past?

American Journal of Epidemiology1 data suggests that sleep disorders among adults have spiked over the last two decades. Obesity, also on the rise in the US, is believed to be a main cause impacting Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI), the measure of sleep apnea severity.

26 percent

An estimated that

26% of adults

between the ages of 30 and 70 years have sleep apnea2.

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Among subgroups of men and women between ages 30 and 70, rates have increased

14% and 55%.

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Weight gain and loss have been consistently associated with increasing and decreasing in sleep disorder severity.3a-d

News and events

Philips to attend the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2018

Paris, France

September 15-19


Abstracts to be presented:


“Patients expectations for a new lightweight portable noninvasive ventilator for shortness of breath”


“Influence of the VitaBreath on Exercise Tolerancein patients with COPD”


“Patient attitudes towards non-invasive ventilator to relive breathlessness”

The role of technology

“While awareness [of sleep disorders] may be rising, we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.”


–Tom Catalano

Director of global sleep therapy marketing for Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care

Technology companies such as Philips are very much exploring how technology can play a role in areas such as CPAP compliance. And how use of new connected technologies – often Wi Fi, Bluetooth and cellular enabled -- can reinforce communication and data sharing between patients and their care providers.

1Article published in United Publication Inc. © 2018 United Publications Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Accessed June 2018.

2Peppard PE, Young T, Barnet JH, et al. Increased prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing in adults. Am J Epidemiol 2013 May 1;177(9):1006-14. Epub 2013 Apr 14

3a-da. Flegal KM, Carroll MD, Ogden CL, et al. Prevalence andtrends in obesity among US adults, 1999–2008. JAMA. 2010;303(3):235–241. b. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Curtin LR, et al. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States, 1999–2004. JAMA. 2006;295(13):1549–1555.c. Hedley AA, Ogden CL, Johnson CL, et al. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among US children, adolescents, and adults, 1999–2002. JAMA. 2004;291(23):2847–2850. d. Flegal KM, Carroll MD, Ogden CL, et al. Prevalence andtrends in obesity among US adults, 1999–2000. JAMA. 2002;288(14):1723–1727.

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