Nursing. 42(4):34-41, April 2012.
Characterized by many apneic and hypopneic periods during the sleep cycle, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects up to 7% of men and 5% of women. Because it's often unrecognized and untreated, it can cause significant health and employment problems. Here's how to assess patients for OSA, educate them and their families, and help them manage their condition.