Does Sleep Apnea Interfere with Exercise Medicine
Devon Dobrosielski, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University, explores a hypothesis that obstructive sleep apnea weakens our ability to improve cardiovascular health with exercise. He began considering sleep apnea as a factor after studying effects of exercise on individuals with type 2 diabetes and hypertension. The test group showed no change in blood pressure or endothelial function (the ability of blood vessels to constrict and relax) — two areas that usually improve with exercise. He discovered that participants had sleep apnea, which causes lower blood oxygen levels and may contribute to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular consequences, as well as interfere with the effectiveness of exercise. Visit us!