Use of Anti-Snoring Device Rises

The retirement haven of Lady Lake, Fla., boasts several golf courses and country clubs -- and apparently many residents who have restless sleep.

In three years, Medicare spending there for small bedside ventilators that help treat a serious sleep-related condition soared 324 percent, to $1.4 million last year.

Doctors in the central Florida town say their community is at the forefront of a national trend that has made the devices one of Medicare's fastest-growing medical equipment expenses, up 96 percent nationwide since 2004.

The booming sleep industry and an aging and increasingly obese population have prompted greater use of the devices, which treat sleep apnea, a con