Sleep disordered breathing (SDB)

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) describes a group of disorders characterized by:

1. Abnormal respiratory patterns (e.g. the presence of apneas or hypopneas); or
2. Insufficient ventilation during sleep.

An apnea is when a patient stops breathing for 10 seconds or more, and wakes up just enough to take a breath.

A hypopnea is when a patient doesn’t stop breathing, but the patient’s breathing becomes shallow (i.e., at least a 30% decrease in airflow) for 10 seconds or more, with an associated oxygen desaturation or arousal.

Either way, sleep disordered breathing disrupts the patient’s sleep pattern, night after night, which not only makes the patient tired and exhausted the next day, but may also put excessive strain on the patient’s nervous system and major organs.

Common symptoms of sleep disorders

Common symptoms of sleep disorders

The first sign of a sleep disorder is snoring, even though many patients won’t identify that as a sign of something more serious. There are other common symptoms too.

Types of sleep-disordered breathing

What are the primary types of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), and how are they different? Find out how to recognize the three types of SBD at ResMed.com.

Comorbidities

Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of other significant health conditions. Find out how treating your patients’ sleep apnea can improve their overall health.

Screening and diagnosis

ResMed gives you the tools to screen your patients for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), request a sleep study, and get them diagnosed.

Sleep apnea treatment options

Learn more about CPAP therapy – the sleep apnea treatment regarded as the gold standard – as well as alternative treatment options.

What to look for in a sleep therapy equipment provider

Not all therapy equipment suppliers are created equal. By referring patients to high-quality HME providers who place patient care as a top priority, you’ll help ensure long-term adherence and healthy outcomes for your patients.

What to look for in a sleep therapy equipment provider

What to look for in a sleep therapy equipment provider

Not all therapy equipment suppliers are created equal. By referring patients to high-quality HME providers who place patient care as a top priority, you’ll help ensure long-term adherence and healthy outcomes for your patients.

Patient adherence and replenishment

Patient adherence and replenishment

Adherence to therapy can be the biggest challenge for patients with sleep apnea. Comfortable equipment, proper replacement, follow-up and education are critical to helping patients adapt to and stay on therapy.

Occupational health and safety

Research provides more evidence that sleep disorders present certain occupational health risks.

Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety

Research provides more evidence that sleep disorders present certain occupational health risks.