Do you ever wake up after a full night of sleep but still feel like you’ve pulled an all-nighter?
With over 200,000 cases diagnosed annually in the US, sleep apnea is a common condition that can lead to serious health problems. Sleep apnea is caused by blocked airways, resulting in loud snoring and choking during sleep. Cases range in severity, from a few times to hundreds of occurrences a night.
Those with sleep apnea lose roughly a third night’s sleep every night and their tossing and turning often affects their partners. Such a high amount of sleep debt can result in daytime fatigue and drowsiness, headaches, high blood pressure, weight gain and even heart disease.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea patients is the CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine. This popular therapy for sleep apnea uses a face mask and oxygen tank to increase airflow during sleep. It may take some time to adjust to the facemask and airflow, but it has been effective for those with sleep apnea.