CPAP Helps Both Patients and Partners
apnea can impact not only the person with the condition, but also
the individual sharing his or her bedroom. Bed partners
often report that hearing their partners’ snoring, gasping,
and choking makes a good night’s sleep virtually impossible.
a study shows that treatment of sleep apnea with continuous positive
airway pressure (CPAP) improves sleep and quality of life
for both patient and bed partner.
Researchers studied the impact
of CPAP on 54 people with sleep apnea and their bed partners.
At the beginning of the study,
both individuals filled out questionnaires to determine their
of life and how sleepy they felt during the day.
After six weeks
of CPAP treatment, patients and their partners filled out the
questionnaires again. When researchers compared
the two sets of answers, they found that both patients and
their partners felt less sleepy and had more energy when the
with sleep apnea used CPAP. Both also said they functioned
and felt healthier mentally.
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