Sleep apnea is a medical condition that warrants thorough study because of the increase in morbidity and mortality in patients who have the condition. It also affects quality of life greatly in many patients and frequently goes undiagnosed. If a patient complains of fatigue, excess sleepiness, lack of restorative sleep, or other unexplained systemic symptoms, a close review of the potential existence of apnea is a must. Although there are many treatments that have been proposed to help with sleep apnea, the best approaches remain weight loss and use of positive airflow therapy. Nonetheless, adjunctive therapies can help control the severity of apnea and snoring.
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