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The American Sleep Association is finding further support for the benefits of CPAP masks to aid in sleep apnea, as well as other chronic conditions. A CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Mask, is a device worn while sleeping to keep the airways open and ensure oxygen delivery. Researchers and medical professionals have found substantiation that CPAP not only alleviates blockages, but is also helpful in battling heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Though administration may be uncomfortable, and may not be the most attractive for couples, the benefits of CPAP masks clearly outweigh the negatives. Many patients report discomfort, itching, noise, and headaches among the frustrations of their treatment for sleep apnea and this has caused many to shy away from treatment. However, many of these same patients have experienced better sleep, increased energy, and enhanced overall health and happiness.
Recently, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine spotlights the benefits of CPAP masks beyond treating sleep apnea. According to the documentation, after just 3 months of treatment, at least 20% of the patients experienced better sleep, reduced blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and even reduced body mass. These results were validated by the simultaneous testing of a control group.
Based on these findings, the American Sleep Association will be furthering research to support the benefits of CPAP masks for chronic medical conditions. Medical professionals hope that these findings will encourage other sleep apnea sufferers to set aside their concerns regarding discomfort and embrace the potential for increased health and well being.