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Sleep apnea can sound bad. And it is.

Loud snoring is its most obvious symptom to others; excessive daytime sleepiness is the one most experienced by those who have it. They number more than 18 million Americans.

Sleep apnea can block your airway, or totally collapse it.
The body can’t get enough oxygen, stressing the heart and other organs, increasing risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and diabetes.

Diagnosis requires evaluating signs and symptoms, plus a sleep study. It’s best done in the hospital, but home sleep tests are also available.

Sleep apnea is on the rise.
It’s more common in men, in those with a family history, and in those over 60.
It’s also more common in smokers.

New guidelines from the American College of Physicians say stay away from surgery to teat sleep apnea.
Weight loss, if needed, and CPAP are preferred. MAD - a mandibular advancement device is an alternate treatment. It keeps your throat open by bringing your jaw forward.

C-PAP is continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP machine uses a face mask to deliver air, keep the airway open, and get oxygen to the sleeper.

There’s also proof CPAP users look younger and more attractive.
And they certainly sound better!