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[News] Your CPAP can't help you with Email Apnea
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Suffering From Email Apnea?

By Stephanie Stahl


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Anxiety and anticipation about what’s in your email or other electronic messages, like texts, can cause some health issues. Some say it’s a new condition that could affect anyone who uses an electronic device.

Tech expert Linda Stone says, “What concerns me is the cumulative effect.”

She’s sounding the alarm about a subconscious reaction that can happen when checking in electronically. People sometimes hold their breath, something that’s being called “email apnea.”

“It turns out about 80% of us experience this when we’re in front of a screen, especially when we’re texting or doing email,” explains Stone.

Psychologist Dr. Fred Meunch studies the impact of technology on the body. He says it’s poor posture, combined with the anticipation we experience before opening email, that puts people at risk for email apnea.

“What that’s doing physiologically is causing a stress response reaction,” he adds.

ENT Josh Werber says, “I think we’re gonna hear more about this.”

He worries about the long term effect that could be similar to sleep apnea.

“There could be subtle consequences with respect to blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and things that are associated with that,” says Dr. Werber.

There are some who say there isn’t enough evidence or science about this to prove that it really exists, but experts say that awareness of your breathing and any anxious feelings is the first step to deal with email apnea. They also recommend patients take a five-minute break every hour from the computer.



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01-03-2015 07:50 PM
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RE: Your CPAP can't help you with Email Apnea
Well, I can imagine doing that. When it was pointed out to me that people stop breathing when reading, I couldn't imagine. Then I thought about it for a minute and realized how true it really is.

So sure--accessing one's e-mail could certainly have the same effect for the same reason: Anticipation.

Thanks for sharing this!

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01-04-2015 12:10 AM
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RE: Your CPAP can't help you with Email Apnea
Big difference between a few (to many) times per day, compared to 30-100 times per hour while trying to sleep. Least in my thinking anyhow?

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01-04-2015 02:40 AM
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(01-03-2015 07:50 PM)ApneaNews Wrote:  Suffering From Email Apnea?

By Stephanie Stahl


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Anxiety and anticipation about what’s in your email or other electronic messages, like texts, can cause some health issues. Some say it’s a new condition that could affect anyone who uses an electronic device.

Tech expert Linda Stone says, “What concerns me is the cumulative effect.”

She’s sounding the alarm about a subconscious reaction that can happen when checking in electronically. People sometimes hold their breath, something that’s being called “email apnea.”

. . .

Psychologist Dr. Fred Meunch studies the impact of technology on the body. He says it’s poor posture, combined with the anticipation we experience before opening email, that puts people at risk for email apnea.

“What that’s doing physiologically is causing a stress response reaction,” he adds.

ENT Josh Werber says, “I think we’re gonna hear more about this.”

He worries about the long term effect that could be similar to sleep apnea.

This smells to me like a bunch of people leaping onto a bandwagon, to get their names associated with something and grab some publicity. On the face of it, to compare the effects of momentarily holding your breath while awake to what happens when someone is unconsious (asleep) hour after hour is absurd.

(01-03-2015 07:50 PM)ApneaNews Wrote:  There are some who say there isn’t enough evidence or science about this to prove that it really exists, . . .

Count me in this group until there is some good science to say this exists. If it ever is shown to exist, the effects will be an order of magnitude or more below the effects of SA. More journalistic sensationalism ????

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01-04-2015 11:01 AM
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(01-04-2015 11:01 AM)becker44a Wrote:  This smells to me like a bunch of people leaping onto a bandwagon, to get their names associated with something and grab some publicity. On the face of it, to compare the effects of momentarily holding your breath while awake to what happens when someone is unconsious (asleep) hour after hour is absurd.

Thank you Becker, for doing the typing for me. What a bunch of BS.

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01-04-2015 12:46 PM
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I agree, What a bunch of BS.
Sounds like they have too much time on their hands.

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01-04-2015 07:04 PM
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