. 2022 Jul 13;14(7):e26805.

doi: 10.7759/cureus.26805.

eCollection 2022 Jul.


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Gokul Paidi et al.




Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. The incidence of and mortality rates associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been increasing in recent years in the United States. OSA is associated with various health problems, including depression and hypertension, and it adversely affects occupational and Academic performance. Hence, OSA is a major public health concern. Sleep specialists may be consulted for the evaluation and treatment of OSA. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the mainstay of OSA treatment. The role of primary care physicians in such a scenario becomes vital, especially for choosing the most suitable approach for each patient, treating comorbidities and risk factors, and, if needed, referring them to sleep specialists for further management. In addition to medical management, primary care physicians serve as the main patient educator on this particular health condition.


continuous positive airway pressure (cpap); epworth sleepiness scale; insomnia; obstructive sleep apnea (osa); polysomnography.

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.