Sleepiness and relationships in obstructive sleep apnea

Judith L. Reishtein, Allan I. Pack, Greg Maislin, David F. Dinges, Thomas J. Bloxham, Charles F.P. George, Harly Greenberg, Gihan A. Kader, Mark W. Mahowald, Joel B. Younger, Terri E. Weaver

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This is a qualitative analysis of data from a multisite study of 156 participants with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Participants completed a battery of tests, including the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire (FOSQ) that contains an item assessing the impact of OSA on relationships. Approximately one third of participants wrote comments; they were predominately male, mean age 44.7, with severe OSA. Interpersonal themes expressed included work and marital problems and social life restriction. Intrapersonal themes included embarrassment and poor mood. This report adds specific details to previous reports of impaired relationships in OSA, and stresses the importance of assessing this critical area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-330
Number of pages12
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


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