Beauty Sleep: Use Your CPAP
There is a reason it’s called “beauty sleep.” Your sleep cycle affects the body’s physiology and appearance. A good night’s sleep will eliminate those bags that form under the eyes, helping you to look well rested and alert. It can also help to keep forehead wrinkles at bay. In order to benefit from this natural form of facial rejuvenation it is vital that your sleep patterns are in line.
According to a recent study by the University of Michigan Health System, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, getting adequate sleep really will make a difference in your appearance for the better, and for those with sleep apnea this means that utilizing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a must. Participants in the study who used CPAP machines looked more attractive, younger, and more well rested after only a few months of use. Skin redness decreased, as did wrinkles in the forehead. However, the positive effects only occur if the prescribed device is used as recommended.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder which causes sufferers to stop breathing numerous times throughout the night. It is frequently accompanied by excessive snoring. Other signs of the disorder include daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep, and waking up with a headache. Sleep apnea can have serious effects on one’s health. Heart disease, diabetes, and stroke have been linked to disrupted sleep patterns. Individuals who experience frequent sleep loss are also more likely to be involved in accidents during the day as a result of over-tiredness.
There are many treatment options for sleep apnea, but the most common and effective non-surgical technique is to use a CPAP machine while sleeping. The device emits a strong flow of air pressure through a mask when the patient inhales. This flow of air helps to keep the airway passage open and prevents obstructed breathing.
Despite the benefits of better health and a more youthful appearance, not everyone with a CPAP device uses it to the extent that they need to in order to gain the benefits. The mask should be worn throughout the entire sleep cycle, but most people only use it for about four hours a night. CPAP really should be used all night, every night. If you use CPAP therapy but do not operate your device as prescribed for any reason, speak to your doctor about it. The problem could be solved by a better-fitting mask or a different form of sleep apnea treatment may be recommended.
Dr. Rubinstein is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. In addition to cosmetic facial procedures that restore a youthful appearance, Dr. Rubinstein also treats patients for nasal, sinus, and allergy disorders, as well as snoring and sleep disorders. Follow the link to learn more about sleep apnea or call 845-863-1772 to schedule a consultation at Dr. Rubinstein’s Newburgh, New York office.