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Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Center physicians are involved in cutting edge research. This sets the center apart from many other Sleep Labs in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Current Research Study:
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. It is characterized by repetitive upper airway collapse and increased resistance to airflow during sleep. It has been demonstrated that decreased lung volumes reduce upper airway muscle tone. This means that breathing at low lung volumes during sleep may potentially predispose an individual to develop sleep apnea. The impact of sleep induced changes in lung volume on the severity of obstructive sleep apnea is unknown. The magnitude of the change in lung volume during the different stages of sleep is also unknown.
Physicians at the Memorial Hospital Sleep Center are currently conducting research to determine the answers to these questions.