Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

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Review Article, J Sleep Disor Treat Care Vol: 4 Issue: 4

Prevalence of Insomnia in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Management of this Comorbidity

Shuo Li1*, Xuehan Qian2, Jing Feng1, Jie Cao1 and Baoyuan Chen1
1Respiratory Department, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, China
2Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital, China
Corresponding author : Jing Feng
Respiratory Department, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Anshan Road, Tianjin 300052, China
Tel: +86-22-60362566; Fax: 86-22-60362673
Received: August 10, 2015 Accepted: October 26, 2015 Published: October 31, 2015
Citation: Shuo Li, Qian X, Feng J, Cao J, Chen B (2015) Prevalence of Insomnia in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Management of this Comorbidity. J Sleep Disor: Treat Care 4:4. doi:10.4172/2325-9639.1000163


Objective: The comorbid relationship between insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been demonstrated in a range of studies. Although more physicians are recognizing that combination therapy targeting both insomnia and OSA is necessary to improve physical function in patients diagnosed with OSA and insomnia, the appropriate management strategy for these patients remains unclear.
Method: In this review, we summarize some of the literature and report the prevalence of comorbidity of insomnia and OSA. We also discuss the management of these two disorders when they cooccur. A proposed clinical recommendation for an optimal treatment plan needs to be tested.
Result: The prevalence of comorbidity reported in previous studies varied widely from 7% up to 84%. Women presented more complaints of insomnia in OSA patients. Sleep maintenance insomnia was the most common subtype among patients with OSA. Comorbidity of insomnia and OSA was associated with increased severity of each condition and exacerbated numerous health consequences. Combination therapy that targeted both insomnia and OSA was necessary to improve physical function in these patients.
Conclusion: The prevalence of insomnia comorbidity with OSA was higher than originally estimated. The optimal treatment plan should be recommended case by case by considering the severity of OSA and the subtypes of insomnia. It is important to emphasize the need for interdisciplinary training for physicians who treat both types of the disorders.

Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnea; Insomnia; Comorbidity; Management of sleep disruption

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