Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sleep as Life's 'Greatest Little Pleasure'

British Rank Sleep as Life's 'Greatest Little Pleasure'

There's no denying the benefits of a good night's sleep. We love waking up refreshed and ready for the day. According to a recent poll of 3,000 Brits, our friends across the pond agree. The poll, conducted by the British company Bachelors, found that a good night's sleep was voted the number one "greatest little pleasure in life," according to an article in the London Telegraph. Other items that topped the list include "finding a forgotten tenner (a $10 bill) in your pocket" and "cuddling up with a partner in bed." Bachelors spokesperson Rob Stacey told the Telegraph, "You can't beat the feeling of getting into bed after a long, hard day," adding, "And that feeling gets even better when you wake up feeling great and back to your normal self the following morning."

Helping people with sleep apnea is truly rewarding and this article from the National Sleep Foundation spells it out. There is nothing like waking up feeling great in the morning. Patients who suffer with CPAP never have this feeling. The 25 per centers, those who love their CPAP from the first day understand how treatment of Sleep Apnea improves their life. Those of you who visit the I HATE CPAP! website understand that CPAP is not "YOUR ANSWER". You do not wake up feeling great. I wish that oral appliances were the perfect answer for all of you, it isn't but studies repeatedly show that 95% of patients prefer comfortable oral appliances to CPAP when offered a choice. Please contact me and let me know what peeves you about CPAP. Those of you who love your CPAP understand that while it is a miracle for your life that CPAP may be torture for your loved ones.

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