Rapid eye movement related obstructive sleep apnea syndrome:
antropometric and polysomnographic findings
LAKADAMYALI1, Selma FIRATGÜVEN2, Bülent ÇİFTÇİ3,
Füsun ÖNER EYÜBOĞLU4
of Chest Diseases, Alanya Practice and Research Center, Baskent University,
of Chest Diseases, Ataturk Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery Training and
Center, Ataturk Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery Training and Research
Hospital, Ankara, Turkey,
of Chest Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey.
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is characterized by episodic narrowing of the
upper respiratory ways accompanied by an oxygen desaturation during sleep.
REM-related obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, comprises a subgroup of sleep
disordered breathing with a 10-36% frequency. The aim of the present study is
to analyze the frequency, the antropometric and polygraphic features of
REM-related obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
and Methods: A total of 427 cases [332 males (77.4%)
and 95 females (22.6%)] with definitive obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
diagnosis with polysomnography records were included into the study.
Results: Of all
the cases, 108 (25.3%) were REM-related sleep respiratory disorder. There was
no difference between the two groups with regard to age and sex. However, the
obstructive sleep apnea syndrome group non-related to REM demonstrated a more
severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and a longer neck circumference.
Superficial sleep was longer in the REM non-related group, while deep
refreshing sleep (Non-REM 3) was longer in the REM-related group. The subgroup
analysis of the REM-related group with regard to sex revealed a higher body
mass index in the female subgroup.
REM-related sleep respiratory disorder is more often in mild-to-moderate
obstructive sleep apnea syndrome cases, the male/female ratio of REM-related
sleep respiratory disorder is not different from the obstructive sleep apnea
syndrome prevalence in the community.
Words: REM, gender, obstructive sleep apnea.
Received: 10/06/2011 - Accepted: 10/11/2011
Address for Correspondence:
Üniversitesi Alanya Uygulama ve
Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı,