Hundreds of thousands of patients with a common snoring condition are to get an NHS treatment that will improve their quality of sleep - and cut road accidents into the bargain.Sufferers of sleep apnoea are up to 12 times more likely to have a crash as a result of falling asleep at the wheel but NHS help has largely depended on where patients live.
He said: "This is an extremely effective treatment.
For specialists, the first-choice, most-studied remedy remains continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP.
It's a motorized device that pumps air through a mask to open a sleeper's airway.
"That's when I realized, OK this is serious stuff already," said Braun, who has ordered a quieter CPAP model. The most rigorous studies are small or don't follow patients for longer than six months, said Dr.
Alex Krist of Virginia Commonwealth University, who served on a federal guidelines panel that reviewed sleep apnea treatments before recommending against screening adults who have no symptoms. While scientists haven't proved CPAP helps people live longer, evidence shows it can reduce blood pressure, improve daytime sleepiness, lessen snoring and reduce the number of times a patient stops breathing.