If you are unfamiliar with the word “apnea” it means without breath. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the throat closes up during sleeping. It causes awakenings and pauses during the night, sometimes resulting in loud snoring or gasping for air. A standard treatment for people suffering from sleep apnea are specialized breathing machines. These machines, which are in fact tight-fitting face masks, keep the airway open during night in order to relieve those pauses in breathing which are potentially dangerous. However, many people find the mask uncomfortable and they refuse to wear it.