New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

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New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

Joelle Dobrow demonstrates how she puts on her sleep apnea breathing device at her home in Los Angeles Thursday, July 12, 2018. It’s been two decades since doctors fully recognized that breathing that stops and starts during sleep is tied to a host of health issues, even early death, but there still isn’t a treatment that most people find easy to use. Dobrow said it took her seven years to find one she liked. “I went through 26 different mask styles,” she said. “I kept a spreadsheet so I wouldn’t duplicate it.”

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

Joelle Dobrow demonstrates how she puts on her sleep apnea breathing device at her home in Los Angeles Thursday, July 12, 2018. It’s been two decades since doctors fully recognized that breathing that stops and starts during sleep is tied to a host of health issues, even early death, but there still isn’t a treatment that most people find easy to use. Dobrow said it took her seven years to find one she liked. “I went through 26 different mask styles,” she said. “I kept a spreadsheet so I wouldn’t duplicate it.”

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

Joelle Dobrow demonstrates how she puts on her sleep apnea breathing device at her home in Los Angeles Thursday, July 12, 2018. It’s been two decades since doctors fully recognized that breathing that stops and starts during sleep is tied to a host of health issues, even early death, but there still isn’t a treatment that most people find easy to use. Dobrow said it took her seven years to find one she liked. “I went through 26 different mask styles,” she said. “I kept a spreadsheet so I wouldn’t duplicate it.”

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

The sleep apnea breathing device that Joelle Dobrow uses at her home in Los Angeles lies on her bed on Thursday, July 12, 2018. It’s been two decades since doctors fully recognized that breathing that stops and starts during sleep is tied to a host of health issues, even early death, but there still isn’t a treatment that most people find easy to use. Dobrow said it took her seven years to find one she liked. “I went through 26 different mask styles,” she said. “I kept a spreadsheet so I wouldn’t duplicate it.”

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

A technician prepares equipment to monitor Martin Braun’s brain activity during a sleep study at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York on Wednesday June 27, 2018. Braun, 76, stopped using his noisy CPAP machine and awkward mask, but now he’s trying again after a car crash when he fell asleep at the wheel. “That’s when I realized, OK this is serious stuff already,” said Braun, who has ordered a quieter CPAP model.

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

Capsules of dronabinol in Chicago. The pharmaceutical, which is already being used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy, showed potential as a treatment for sleep apnea in a small study published earlier this year. The medication contains THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

Researcher David Carley of the University of Illinois at Chicago poses for a photo at the school on May 31, 2018. A small experiment in 73 people suggests dronabinol, which contains THC, helps some with sleep apnea, but wasn’t completely effective. It may work better in combination with CPAP or other devices, Carley says.
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