In the movie “The Mask,” mousey Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carey) discovers his inner flame and wins the heart of gorgeous Tina (Cameron Diaz). His ghoulish green mask doesn’t interfere with his love life at all; in fact, it improves it!
Well, the same can be said for CPAP — the continuous positive airway pressure device used to relieve sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the throat relaxes, allowing fat and sagging muscles to obstruct the airway. This causes breathing to stop and start throughout the night.
Sleep apnea can cause or aggravate heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems, as well as causing damage to brain cells.
Erectile dysfunction affects up to 64 percent of men with OSA, which strikes about 24 percent of men and 4 percent of women.
Enter CPAP! If you use it, you can help prevent or reduce the health threats associated with sleep apnea.
Combine CPAP with weight loss, smoking cessation, and avoiding excess alcohol and drugs, and you'll see huge health improvements.
Unfortunately, studies find that 83 percent of folks who are prescribed CPAP use it fewer than four hours nightly. One reason is people that worry that the nasal mask, headgear and motor will turn off a bedmate.
A new study should help put those worries to bed: Guys who regularly use CPAP (either before or after a roll in the hay) report the same sexual quality of life as those who aren't using it. And dodging health complications can make things get better between the sheets!
So breathe easy and sleep well. CPAP may unmask your romantic superpowers!
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