There’s a new way to get some sleep

PITTSBURGH, PA (WPXI) – “You wake up with a headache, every morning,” Denise Hoover says.

Hoover has started every day in pain for the past 20 years. Sleep apnea has been robbing her of a deep sleep.

“Your tongue basically blocks your airway and you stop breathing,” she explains. “You wake up gasping.”

It’s so bad; Denise hasn’t even had a dream in two decades. Instead, she’s awake and sometimes wrestling with a CPAP mask.

She finally went to see Dr. Ryan Soose at UPMC Mercy. He had a brand new solution that could end up making medical history.

It’s called upper airway stimulation therapy, and UPMC has led the international trials. Channel 11 was invited to watch Soose turn on the country’s very first FDA-approved device.

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