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The person with sleep apnea can take advantage of advances in sleep disorders medicine and achieve a remarkable recovery of energy and health.
Do victims of sleep apnea have to wait for years of research? Do they have to wait for a new generation of doctors to be trained in sleep disorders medicine---a subject only beginning to enter the curriculum of medical schools? Or is there a way for individuals to save themselves now by taking advantage of the available resources?
Fortunately, the person with sleep apnea can follow the path to remarkable relief. Thus, despite the problems in the medical delivery system today, the motivated and persistent patient can take advantage of the recent advances in sleep disorders medicine and achieve a remarkable recovery of energy and health.
The 'gold standard' treatment recommended to most patients, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the use of a blower to deliver air under pressure to the nose in order to keep the airway open during sleep, provides dramatic, overnight relief. Since breathing is no longer obstructed, the patient can sleep normally again, often for the first time in many years.The symptoms of sleep apnea fall away, revealing a patient restored to life. In addition, there are a number of alternative and complementary strategies, including for instance, weight loss, surgery, or dental appliances which may offer relief in selected cases. I suffered from many classic symptoms of sleep apnea for many years until my illness was finally diagnosed. I learned that the person with sleep apnea can effectively take charge of his or her treatment, communicate more effectively with physicians and other health care providers, and make the best choices among the available treatment options.
The following suggestions to enable indviduals to get help are based on this experience and on Phantom of the Night, a handbook on sleep apnea syndrome which I co-authored with T.S. Johnson, M.D., a pulmonologist and sleep disorders expert:
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