A study completed by Ben-Gurion University has shown that many patients that blame enlarged prostates for their nighttime awakenings may actually be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The study compared randomly selected men between 55 and 75 years of age who were diagnosed with benign prostate enlargement and reported waking to use the toilet at least once per night. They were compared to a group with no prostate enlargement and no need to urinate at night.
The results found that more than half of the patients with enlarged prostates also suffered from undiagnosed sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and that the awakenings were not actually tied to the need to urinate, as the patients thought, but to their sleep disorder. Dr. Howard Tandeter, a researcher from Ben-Gurion University states “Even among those patients with well-defined medical reasons for nocturia, sleep disorders may still be found as the source of most awakenings from sleep. Therefore, the diagnosis of a sleep disorder should be seriously considered whenever a patient reports frequent awakenings from sleep to urinate since the problem is treatable.”
If you find yourself waking during the night, feeling fatigued during the day or suffer from loud snoring you may have an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Nearly 1 in 15 Americans suffer from this dangerous condition and are unaware. Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea range from CPAP therapy to surgery but oral appliance therapy is a treatment that is highly effective for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea and is well-tolerated by most patients.
To find out if you are a candidate please contact Dr. Mark Levy in Columbus, Ohio at 614-476-6696 today to arrange a consultation. You deserve a good night’s sleep.