Sleep apnea: tongue pacemaker improves sleep and blood sugar

The upper respiratory tract by a &quot be used in patients with sleep apnea;Zungenschrittmacher" stimulated and kept free of, improves your sleep. A study shows that the treatment also comes to their sugar metabolism.

When an obstructive sleep apnea, it always comes back to breathing interruptions during sleep because the tongue moves the air due to an excessive relaxation of the pharyngeal muscles. In 20 patients who were treated with a tongue pacemaker, appeared after twelve months a significant improvement in the obstructive sleep apnea through electrical Stimulation of the respiratory muscles, so that your sleep was restful. The results of the study published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

But not only were there effects on sleep, but also on glucose metabolism: insulin resistance. Private lecturer Dr. Armin Steffen from Campus Lübeck, University hospital Schleswig-Holstein, said: "The results suggest that the tongue pacemaker can protect the patient against type 2 Diabetes." This may be due to a change in eating habits, because the patients had less "hedonistischen" Hunger, people also eat when your body needs no calories.

Tongue pacemaker to be used in Germany for five years, if the treatment with a breathing mask has no effect. In Operation, a small pacemaker is implanted in the chest area under the skin and associated nerves, controls the movements of the tongue. He is in the evening before bedtime of the patient, and in the morning switched off again.