Eighteen million Americans have sleep apnea, a condition that not only disrupts sleep but also may lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke or diabetes if left untreated. Now a simple device that fits over the nose is helping patients get the treatment they need -- without any discomfort.
Joyce Nemoga starts her day with a brisk walk and a little gardening. She didn’t always have this much energy however.
"I would wake up groggy. It would take me an hour or something to wake up and kind of get going,” she said.
She wasn’t the only one suffering.
"My husband started complaining that I was snoring,” said Nemoga.
Doctors diagnosed Nemoga with sleep apnea. Like most patients, she was told to wear a C-PAP mask to bed every night. The problem is it was bulky.