Published: 2020-12-22

Characteristics of patients with rapid eye movement-related obstructive sleep apnea: a retrospective review of 52 patients at a tertiary care center

Muhannad Hawari, Mohamad Gayath Jamil, Sanaa Hemideh, Ayman Alharbi


Background: The term “rapid eye movement (REM)-related obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)” is commonly used to describe sleep disordered breathing that occurs exclusively in REM sleep. The prevalence of REM-related OSA ranges from 10% to 36%. Despite the presence of reports describing the features of REM-related OSA, there is still much more to be known about it.

Methods: In this study we did retrospective review of 734 patients who had a diagnostic sleep study in a sleep lab at a tertiary center between January 2014 and August 2016 were reviewed.

Results: We found that hypertension was found in the charts of 50 patients, 36 of them were diagnosed with hypertension and on medical therapy (72%), 11 patients (out of 50) had diabetes (22%) and 9 (out of 49) had dyslipidemia. 2 patients (out of 49) had Ischemic heart disease (4%), 1 patient (out of 49) had stroke (2%) and 3 patients (out of 49) had arrhythmias (6%). 8 patients (out of 49) had thyroid disease (16%).

Conclusions: In conclusion Most patients had mild REM related OSA and most did not have subjective EDS. Hypertension was the most common comorbidity among our patients.


REM-related OSA, Retrospective review, Comorbidity

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