Dr Cinthya Pena Orbea Discusses Socioeconomic Impacts on Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Many socioeconomic factors, such as neighborhood factors, access to care, and education can influence sleep, explained Cinthya Pena Orbea, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Cleveland Clinic.

At SLEEP 2022, Cinthya Pena Orbea, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Cleveland Clinic, discussed how socioeconomic factors can influence sleep-disordered breathing.

What did your study find about the relationship between socioeconomic status and sleep-disordered breathing?

There are many socioeconomic factors that can influence sleep, and that could be neighborhood factors, access to care, education. In our study, what we wanted to study is the association between ADI—which stands for area deprivation index, which is a biomarker of neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage—the association of these and sleep disorder breathing measures. What we found was that sleep-related hypoxia was higher among those people living in higher areas of deprivation.