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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment and How It Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Have you ever heard about sleep apnea? And do you know if you or someone you know has sleep apnea?
In this article, we’ll discuss how you can easily and effectively treat obstructive sleep apnea symptoms so that you can experience a better quality of life. We’ll also talk about a few simple and effective strategies that can help you overcome sleep apnea if you don’t want to spend a dime on medical interventions. Of course, the methods discussed here won’t work for everyone, but with enough time and effort — and with the help of your doctor — you will be able to find the right treatment (or combination of treatments) that’s right for you.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that causes people to stop breathing for short periods of time during their sleep. It is characterized by snoring, gasping, and loud snoring.
It can be caused by being overweight or obese. Other risk factors are being over the age of 40, having a family history of the condition, or suffering from another chronic medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease.
Compared to people who do not have the condition, people with obstructive sleep apnea symptoms are more likely to be overweight, have a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, and have a higher risk of suffering from high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is characterized by loud snoring, gasping, or snorting. This is because the airway is blocked, causing the person to stop breathing. The person is usually unaware that he or she has stopped breathing because they do not feel the symptoms. However, this can lead to an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, and even a heart attack.
In some cases, people with obstructive sleep apnea symptoms may not even know that they are having a sleep apnea episode until they wake up. The person will often feel tired and may also have difficulty concentrating or making decisions. The condition can also cause excessive daytime sleepiness.
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that causes breathing to stop periodically during sleep. It is typically caused by a blockage in the person’s airway.
This blockage is caused by soft tissue that is pushed against the back of the throat. This tissue includes the tongue, soft palate, and the back of the throat. The tissue pushes against the back of the throat, which narrows the airway.
In severe cases, the airway may be so narrow that the person cannot breathe at all. This can cause a drop in blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack.
The pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes, and they may happen 30 times or more per hour.
Obstructive sleep apnea can be caused by being overweight or obese. Other risk factors include being over the age of 40, having a family history of the condition, or suffering from another chronic medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease.
How to Diagnose
In order to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, a doctor will usually conduct a physical examination and may also request a sleep study. The sleep study is a test that records the person’s breathing during their sleep. This test will help the doctor determine whether or not the person has obstructive sleep apnea.
The doctor will also be able to determine the severity of the condition.
How To Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The main treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This device forces air into your throat to keep your airway open. For most people with moderate or severe OSA, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is the gold standard of treatment. With CPAP therapy, a nasal mask or face mask is placed over the nose or the nose and mouth. This delivers a steady stream of air into the throat and lungs, keeping the airway open and reducing the risk of choking and/or snoring while sleeping. CPAP devices work by maintaining a positive pressure on the patient’s airway, preventing it from collapsing while they sleep.
There are many different types of breathing masks available to alleviate obstructive sleep apnea, but the two most common forms are nasal masks and full face masks. The nasal mask is designed to be placed over the nose of the person who needs to use it. It usually has a head strap so the device can be held firmly in place while the person sleeps. Most nasal masks are either a one-piece type or a two-piece design, though some models come in three pieces, including an attachment for the nose. In comparison, full face masks are generally made with a softer material, such as foam or gel, and have fewer pieces.
In some cases, taking a nasal decongestant or using breathing strips may work, but they’re not very effective.
If other treatment options haven’t helped, then surgery may be the best option. However, it’s generally only considered after other treatment options have failed. Generally, at least a three-month trial of other treatment options is suggested before considering surgery such as surgery or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) which involves removing excess tissue from the back of the throat.
Lifestyle Changes To Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The following lifestyle changes may help treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
One proven way to alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea, especially among sufferers who are obese, is by losing weight. A study conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, and published in the journal Sleep, found that obese people who were overweight or obese had higher rates of sleep apnea than people who were not obese.
Exercise helps keep the airway open and reduces the risk of snoring. Exercise also increases the amount of oxygen available to the brain, which helps reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
Sleep on your side is one way to help stop snoring and sleep apnea. You can wear something on your back, like a tennis ball inside a sock, to remind you to sleep on your side. Some devices you can buy online will vibrate to gently remind you to turn over.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
Drinking too much alcohol can increase symptoms of sleep apnea. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s recommended that you don’t drink alcohol before going to bed, because this may cause your condition to get worse.
Smoking can make the airway narrower, making it more likely for a person to stop breathing while they sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a very common condition. It can cause problems such as daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability. People with sleep apnea often have difficulty staying asleep, which can lead to daytime sleepiness and daytime drowsiness.
If you think you have sleep apnea, then you should get it checked out by your doctor. A doctor will be able to tell you if you have sleep apnea symptoms and what the best treatment is for you. You may also want to talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes you can make to help alleviate your symptoms.