Health Tip – Jan. 1 – How Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Improve Your Looks
Dee Dee – Health Tip
Here’s a study that developed as a result of staffer observations at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center: they noticed that sleep apnea patients coming in for their check-ups looked better than they did before treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices to help them breathe better during sleep. Sleep apnea causes multiple interruptions of breathing (for at least 10 seconds) during sleep.
For the study, done in collaboration with researchers at Michigan Technological University, the investigators took before and after pictures of 20 sleep apnea patients. The study photos were taken under identical conditions before CPAP and a few months later. The researchers then asked a panel of 22 independent raters to look at the photos and rank the individuals for attractiveness, alertness and youthfulness – and to pick which picture they thought showed the patient after sleep apnea treatment.
About two-thirds of the time, the panel picked the “after” photos as showing the patient more alert, youthful and attractive; and they also correctly identified “after” pictures two-thirds of the time. The research team said a larger study will be needed to confirm the results.