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Why Early to Bed, Early to Rise Doesn't Work in the World of Sleep Apnea

8/28/2015

Used CPAP machines

Known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was onto something when he said his infamous line, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

Unfortunately, no matter how early those who suffer from sleep apnea go to bed, they are unable to reap the benefits of the deep, restorative sleep the human body needs in order to function properly.

Considered a potentially fatal condition, sleep apnea is a condition in which a person's breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the time they're asleep. These periods of not breathing, referred to as apneas or micro-arousals, can last anywhere from less than a second to several moments, and can occurs as much as 60 times each hour.

While sleep apnea is said to be prevalent in as many as 18 million Americans, two to four percent of all Americans have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea, which accounts for approximately one in 50 individuals being undiagnosed. Aside from missing out on a good night of sleep, sleep apnea sufferers face a plethora of chronic health issues. Sleep apnea sufferers can face much highers risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and even depression.

If you suspect someone you know has sleep apnea, it's best to see a doctor as soon as possible in order to receive a diagnosis and move forward with treatment. While the exact causes of sleep apnea may vary from person to person, there are still a number of treatment options that are effective in combating the effects of sleep apnea.

Although many of these treatments, such as BIPAP machines, CPAP machines, BIPAP masks, CPAP masks, and nasal pillows are at least partially covered by health insurance providers, some may need to purchase their treatment out of pocket. In these instances, using used CPAP machines or BIPAP machines can help reduces costs. Used CPAP machines are just as effective in treating sleep apnea as new machines but costs significantly less.