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nasal pillow masksIf you snore so loudly that you'd wake yourself up and if you feel tired all the time and are hardly ever truly rested, you may have sleep apnea. Groups more vulnerable to sleep apnea include men, with whom sleep apnea is twice as common as with women, and those who suffer from obesity, which can obstruct and put pressure on airways.

Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks You Should Know

For such an uncomfortable -- and at times dangerous -- disorder, it goes largely unrecognized in many sufferers. A whopping two to four percent of Americans have undiagnosed sleep apnea, which means that one in 50 people being undiagnosed. If you suspect you have sleep apnea but have yet to be diagnosed, taking a home sleep test for sleep apnea or talking to your doctor is your next best move.

Luckily, there are many different effective treatment methods for sleep apnea. Changing your diet and lifestyle, undergoing surgery, and mouth pieces are some examples, but the most popularly diagnosed solution to sleep apnea is the nasal pillow mask.

Here's what you should know about using this machine and overcoming your sleep apnea:

How do they work?
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, which are also known as nasal pillow masks, use a mask to gently force air into your throat. This helps keep the airway open as you sleep. It's recommended that patients use their CPAP machine 70% of the time over a month period, for a minimum of 4 hours. There are many different options for the shape and structure of nasal pillow masks, which delivers the much needed air into a sufferers throat.

Are they comfortable?
Unfortunately, while very effective, it is hard to adjust to sleeping with a mask and studies have shown that about half of all people prescribed the CPAP method stop using their machines within three weeks. As many as 80% of patients say they don't use the machine often enough to keep them safe.

However, you shouldn't let discomfort stop you from having your sleep apnea treated. If the CPAP machine and nasal pillow masks don't work for treating your unique apnea situation, consider one of several other options to relieve pressure from your airways.