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Does someone you know and love snore? Is it causing you to resent them a little more every night? Chances are they may have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleeping condition that causes those who suffer to repeatedly stop breathing when they are sleeping. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple minutes, and there can be as many as 60 pauses an hour. This chronic condition is prevalent in an estimated 18 million Americans, and can put those affected three times more at risk for heart disease and four more times likely to suffer from a stroke if left untreated. Risk factors include age, weight, neck size, family history, and gender.

But luckily for sleep apnea sufferers, there is a brand new treatment out on the market that can help alleviate some stubborn sleep apnea causes.

The Imagine Upper Airway Stimulation device is used for those who sometimes cannot tolerate the airflow and pressure that comes with CPAP machines. Imagine is new to the market, and has been used in trials on both coasts.

Doctors and researchers have used Imagine at St. John's Regional Medical Center in the Central Coast between Palo Alto and Los Angeles, California along with the Penn Sleep Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Inspire Therapy is an implanted sensor that delivers mild stimulation to a patient's airway muscles which keeps them open during sleep. This is crucial because one cause of sleep apnea is a collapsed airway which hinders breathing during sleep. Imagine Therapy has been clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea by up to 70% in its patients.

Considering Inspire is only available to those with a body mass index of under 32, and requires surgery, it is not available as a method of treatment for everyone. If that is the case, CPAP machines are the most widely used form of effective treatment available. Strapped onto your head via a CPAP mask, CPAP machines offer continuous air pressure to ensure your airway does not collapse during sleep. This non-invasive treatment does require the completion of a sleep test and a prescription by your doctor.

If you believe you have symptoms of sleep apnea, make sure to contact your physician today!