Therapy Works for Apnea Patients

When you’re not getting enough sleep, your body lets you know the next day. Your brain is foggy, it’s hard to get motivated and you feel exhausted.

There are many reasons why you may not be able to rest sufficiently at night. It could be your weight or a number of sleep disorders like apnea, narcolepsy or restless leg syndrome. The best way to find out what’s going wrong is to visit a sleep center.

For those who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a new study backs what so many patients have reported anecdotally when they sleep with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure mask. People who use CPAP therapy for at least three weeks may no longer have significant levels of fatigue, according to the study conducted at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. Results were published in the January issue of SLEEP, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

During CPAP therapy, a mask goes over the nose or face. It gently pushes air into the back of the throat. This allows the person to keep breathing while they are asleep.

People who suffer from OSA often wake up in the middle of the night because they can’t breathe. They usually snore very loudly. About 50 percent of people who snore loudly have sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They can stop breathing hundreds of time during the night, which makes them feel fatigued in the morning.

Sleep disorders have been linked to depression and weight gain.

Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

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