Iowa Sleep Blog

The “Can’t Use--Won’t Use” CPAP Problem

Friday, September 20, 2019
By Dr. Zorn Challenges: CPAP is first line primary therapy for OSA. It is highly effective and non-invasive, but CPAP compliance can be a problem. Researchers have reported a 46% CPAP non-compliance rate after 4 years. The breakdown is as follows: a) 31% of patients never started CPAP after being given the prescription and b) 15% discontinued CPAP after starting for a period of time up t ..

Idiopathic Hypersomnia

Monday, September 09, 2019
Idiopathic Hypersomnia by Dr. Zorn. Idiopathic Hypersomnia is a rare condition of unknown etiology. It is thus like what Narcolepsy was over 20 years ago until researchers discovered that Narcolepsy was due to a deficiency of an excitatory neurotransmitter called orexin. Like Narcolepsy, Idiopathic Hypersomnia tends to have its onset in the teen's or twenties and has an association wi ..