London: Researchers have found that applying facial masks at night can improve the energy level and vitality of those who suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disease in which there is a complaint of shortness of breath and snoring at bedtime. Face masks are also called CPAP machines. It is currently recommended only for people whose sleep apnea has become moderate to severe.
The study is published in the journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, for which researchers at Imperial College London covered more than 200 patients from the UK's 11 National Health Service (NHS) sleep centers. They investigated various aspects of treatment in moderate cases associated with sleep apnea.
The lead author of the study, Mary Morel, said, "We are seeing increasing cases of sleep apnea and its patients. At first though it has been mainly affecting overweight men. Now we know that its effects after menopause Happens on women, the elderly and even children. "
"About 60 percent of all cases of sleep apnea are classified as mild, but until now we did not know if CPAP would be helpful for these patients," Morel said.
Sleep apnea affects more than one billion adults globally and the airways become very narrow during sleep, causing people to stop breathing several times a night. It can also cause loud snoring.
According to the researchers, its treatment is mask which is fitted on the nose or mouth. This is called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which slowly pushes air into the mouth and throat while keeping the passage of breathing open.
In the study, 115 patients were asked to use CPAP for three months, in which they found significant improvement in sleep apnea cases. Researchers noted an improvement in several additional factors including fatigue, depression, social, and emotional functioning in patients using CPAP.