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Health Watch: Sleep Apnea patients shocked by disturbing video

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It's estimated more than 20-million Americans have sleep apnea. Many of them may have been given a CPAP mask to wear overnight to help them breathe. Though they are highly effective, research shows more than half the patients who have them don't use them.

But doctors have found a way to change that.  In a sleep study by National Jewish Health, researchers recorded patients sleeping without the mask. They were disturbed as they saw themselves fighting to breathe.

 “A powerful moment in my life.  Made me cry watching it.  Still vivid in my mind seeing what my body was going through at night, you just don't realize it,” said patient John Brugger.

When left untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to depression and heart disease.



Teresa Whitaker

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