Eeks! I just read WHEREIS170's comment about sleep apnea and feel compelled to clear up those misconceptions! Sleep apnea is not "taking over as an excuse for snoring"! Snoring the most obvious symptom of sleep apnea, and sleep apnea is frequently (though not always) caused by obesity. It is a serious condition leading to hypertension and heart attacks, not to mention a severely diminished quality of life. Nobody slaps a machine on your face without testing first, and believe me, you don't want to be a "hose head" if it isn't going to help. The CPAP machine and masks are unpleasant and -- I might add -- serious motivation to lose weight just so you won't need them anymore, but the improvement in your functioning if you are compliant with the treatment is amazing. Treating sleep apnea makes it possible to lose the necessary weight to overcome the condition if it is caused by your obesity. Without treatment, you just feel too cruddy to do anything with your life. And the reason sleep apnea diagnoses are becoming more common is twofold: there is greater awareness of the condition, and obesity is on the increase. No excuses here -- just the cold, hard reality of another medical condition caused (usually) by obesity.
- 12/3/2013 12:33:13 AM