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Graduate Student Conducts Sleep Study

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Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Student Mazen Munaji Homoud  published a study recently in Volume 12, Issue 1 of the Internet Journal of Allied Health Studies and Practice on a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

While Homoud’s study on Obstructive Sleep Aprea was not conclusive, Homoud believes studies like this could save people thousands of dollars in medical bills by diagnosing a condition that causes many other injuries worldwide.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition which causes people to find it hard to breath several times while they are sleeping. It is a common condition, and can range anywhere from snoring to complete blockage of the airway. This condition can cause people to not get quality sleep, and cause them to feel fatigued and tired during the day. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be hard to diagnose, as many people who have it usually have no complaints. Homoud explained the effects sleep apnea can have on people’s lives.

“Obstructive sleep apnea will lead people to be fatigued in the morning, it can lead to heart diseases or high blood pressure, and there is also a financial side to it, because when they don’t get enough sleep, that means they won’t be able to perform their work properly. It’s a multi-dimension effect.”
– Mazen Munaji Homoud

Homoud conducted his study on 12 women and 6 men from the College of Health Professions at Texas State. Each participant filled out a questionnaire and wore an actigraphy watch for a week. During the study, four of the watches broke down, leaving those results out of the study. For future studies, Homoud recommends more participants, addressing alcohol consumption and the use of sleep medication, and a full night sleep study in a sleep lab.

Jeremi Kolman, KTSW News

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