Sleep apnea causes difficultly breathing at night, which can lead to obesity, fatigue and many additional health concerns. The most highly recommended treatment for apnea is CPAP, a machine connected to a mask, which is worn at night to produce continuous positive airway pressure. But a new study have found that CPAP may do more than provide relief for apnea, it may also reduce inflammation.
Research suggests that the CPAP machine greatly reduces levels of two proteins related with inflammation, C-reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor. It’s not certain if the apnea causes the inflammation or vice versa, but reducing the inflammation may be one way CPAP reverses some of the long-term consequences of sleep apnea.