Snoring and Sleep Apnea significantly impacts sleep, mental function, and overall health, and affects ever-increasing numbers of our population.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), helps people with Snoring and Sleep Apnea to breath during sleep. CPAP therapy increases air pressure in your throat to prevent your airway from collapsing.
Patients who use CPAP therapy feel they experience quality of life benefits from reduced snoring, reduced daytime sleepiness, less anxiety and depression, and an improved feeling of general wellbeing.
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded CPAP did not prevent cardiovascular events in people with moderate-severe Sleep Apnea and established cardiovascular disease.
It's not that CPAP isn't effective, it's that there are compliance issues. In the same study of more than 2500 patients, only 42% of participants had "good adherence" to CPAP, a minimum of 4 hours use per night.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine published an editorial in June 2015, stating that adults should "obtain seven or more hours of sleep per night to avoid the health risks of chronic inadequate sleep".
CPAP therapy can improve a person's quality of life and reduce their cardiovascular risk, but only so long as it is used for a minimum of seven hours a night, and for the entirety of that person's lifespan.