Snoring treatment may improve attractiveness in sleep apnea sufferers: U.S. study

National Post | Life

Treatment for a common sleep disorder may help patients improve their appearance, reducing bagginess under eyes, puffiness and other common “sleepiness” indicators.

According to a new study from the University of Michigan and Michigan Technological University, an at-home treatment for sleep apnea, a condition marked by snoring and breathing interruptions, has been related to specific improvement in facial appearance of patients.

Using a sensitive “face mapping” technique, usually used by plastic surgeons, as well as a panel of face-appearance raters, the researchers identified noticeable changes in 20 middle-aged apnea patients just a few months after they began using a system called CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) to help them breathe better during sleep and overcome chronic sleepiness.

Sleep neurologist Ronald Chervin, director of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center, led the study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Chervin says the study grew out of…

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