Published on Tue Feb 14 2017

Association of autonomic dysfunction and mild obstructive sleep apnea.

B Tucker Woodson, Laura T Brusky, Adrian Saurajen, Safwan Jaradeh

Autonomic dysfunction (AD) has been independently associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Autonomic abnormalities are generally considered to be secondary to OSA. Autonomic dysfunction may also contribute to OSA. If AD contributes to OSA, we postulated that abnormalities may be present in mild OSA where the confounding causal effects of hypoxemia and sleep disruption are reduced.