Sleep apnea: Keeping up the positive pressure

Published: March, 2010

Many people have trouble sticking with the main treatment, the continuous positive airway pressure machines that keep airways open.

If you snore, it can be hard on those within earshot, especially bed partners. But if you snore and have sleep apnea, it's hard on you, too. Without realizing it, people with sleep apnea briefly stop breathing — apnea means cessation of breathing — or breathe very shallowly many times during the night.

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