A recent study published in the scientific journal Sleep suggests that people who use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices to treat obstructive sleep apnea also enjoyed a higher level of energy during waking periods.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that is prevalent in aging adults in the United States.  The recent study looked at the energy levels of those patients who were regular users of their CPAP devices.

Prescribed CPAP use is many times accompanied by low patient compliance.  It is thought that this is due to the sometimes cumbersome and noisy machines that need to be located near the patient during sleep, coupled with the face-mask type of apparatus that is worn.  However, this recent finding may, which in reality is a side effect of CPAP use, may be another positive consideration for those patients that have either given up or do not use their CPAP devices as prescribed.

The Sleep study found that just after two to three weeks of CPAP use, patients reported higher energy levels, longer stamina at tasks, and a feeling of general health.  The control group that received no treatment did not show this sleep benefit.

Sleep apnea is typically associated with disruptively loud snoring and interrupted sleep.  The physical result of sleep apnea generally manifests itself in the daytime as sleepiness and lack of energy.