Relationship Between Early Trauma and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Veterans Open Access

Krishnan, Snehaa (Spring 2021)

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition which has many downstream health effects. Several studies show a significant association between early trauma and poor sleep health in adulthood. Early trauma is associated with obesity, which is one of the strongest risk factors for OSA. To test the hypothesis that early trauma is associated with OSA through obesity, patients from the Emory Twins Follow-Up study were surveyed about traumatic experiences from their childhood using the Early Trauma Inventory Short Form. OSA was measured using the apnea-hypopnea index and oxygen saturation during sleep. No significant association was found between early trauma and OSA. The model was also analyzed using sociodemographic confounders and mediating variables, which also did not yield any association. This study raised some questions about other potential mediators which could have led to the unique characteristics of this cohort. 

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