Sleep apnea has been linked to many health problems. Obstructive
sleep apnea can be treated effectively with a continuous positive
airway pressure (CPAP) machine, though getting used to using it
can be challenging. A large proportion — half, by some reckonings
— of people who start CPAP quit within a year, and most of those
gave up during the first four weeks. It's understandable that
people would want to abandon a treatment that involves wearing a
mask and being tethered to a machine while in bed. Moreover, all
that air blowing through your nose can cause nasal congestion,
which, at the very least, is uncomfortable and can defeat the
entire purpose of CPAP, if the air necessary to open the airway
is blocked by a clogged-up, congested nose.
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