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.
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.
New guidelines from the American College of Physicians say stay away from surgery to teat sleep apnea.
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.