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How NOT to beat sleep apnea

Happy Labor Day!

It’s time to enjoy the fruits of your years of labor — so light the grill, crack open a cold one and relax for the day.

You’ll be back to laboring soon enough… because before you know it, it’ll be time to clean the gutters, rake the leaves and get ready for autumn.

But there’s one time you definitely don’t want to be laboring, and that’s when you sleep.

Believe it or not, millions of Americans are struggling for air every night — suffering from a terrifying condition called sleep apnea where you literally stop breathing for brief periods, hundreds of times a night.

This condition starves your vital organs of oxygen… choking you on the inside… setting you up for a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

Now, the latest research shows how the main device apnea patients rely on to cut those risks DOESN’T WORK!

Folks who have apnea often sleep with CPAP, a.k.a. oxygen masks that make you feel — and sound — like Darth Vader.

They’re noisy, uncomfortable and make it even harder to sleep than it already is — and they’ll drive your spouse crazy. Yet for all that, the new study finds these expensive machines don’t make a dime’s worth of difference when it comes to preventing the biggest apnea risks.

They won’t cut your risk of a heart attack… and they won’t cut your risk of stroke.

Apnea patients also have a higher risk of death — and CPAP won’t help there, either.

About the only thing it can do is help apnea patients sleep a little better. They get a little more shuteye, feel a little more rested, and have a slightly lower risk of depression.

But what’s the use of putting up with these uncomfortable machines — and forcing your spouse to share a bed with Darth Vader every night — if you’re not going to get any real benefits from the darned thing?

Of course, even without the machine, the nights are hardly quiet.

The condition is infamous for its room-shaking snores, followed by periods of silence that might feel like blessed peace — except the reason it’s so quiet is that you’re not breathing.

Fortunately, you can beat this condition, end the snores, and breathe easier — and you don’t need a machine or any other gimmick to get the job done.

All you need to do is follow my common-sense advice.

In most cases, apnea is caused by obesity. In most cases, dropping a few pounds will ease the condition or even cure it, cutting your risk of heart attack, stroke and an early death all at the same time.

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