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Find Out if It's Sleep Apnea

When you have obstructive sleep apnea your airway collapses during sleep and your breathing stops momentarily, depriving vital organs of oxygen, which can lead to consequences like heart attack, stroke and problems with memory and concentration, says Dr. Kushida. To manage sleep apnea your doctor will probably recommend a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) mask. It fits over your nose and mouth and is hooked up to a machine that draws air from the room, pumping it gently through your nose to keep the airway open, Kushida explains. If the mask is uncomfortable or makes you feel claustrophobic, anxious or panicked, Kolstanginova recommends speaking to a sleep psychologist to help you overcome your fear and discomfort. Besides quieting your snoring, the mask decreases your risk of heart attack and stroke and can alleviate depression, reduce symptoms of bipolar disorder as well as boost your memory and concentration, says Kushida.

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