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How a CPAP Works

CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure

My freshman year at college taught me how much I dislike mornings. After a long night of studying (or binge-watching a show on Netflix), I would groggily get up in the morning and rush to my 8:30 chemistry class. Despite studying in Seattle, where a Starbucks is never out of sight, I rarely felt refreshed and ready in the morning. Unfortunately, many other Americans rarely get a good night’s sleep. One of the most common sleeping disorders is sleep apnea, a condition where the tongue blocks the airway while sleeping. Sleep apnea can affect anyone, but the risk is much higher for overweight males. While sleeping, patients suffer apneas (cessation of breathing), triggering the brain to wake you up to restore breathing. Victims of sleep apnea can suffer anywhere from 5 to thirty apneas an hour, making it very difficult to feel rested.

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