Sleep apnea occurs when your air pathway is blocked, which means treatment calls for solutions that help oxygen to flow freely. A doctor can diagnose the condition and judge its severity. For most sleep apnea sufferers, the following are recommended solutions for sleep apnea treatment.
CPAP therapy – A CPAP mask fits snugly over the nose and/or mouth to gently deliver air into your airway while you sleep. There are several models to choose from depending on your sleeping styles and needs. It’s a comfortable, immediate treatment for sleep apnea that does not require the invasive need for surgery. When used properly, CPAP is the gold-standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
In addition to using a CPAP device, the following methods can help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.
Sleeping posture – A change in how you sleep may help open your air pathway. Turn to your side rather than lying flat on your back. However, if lying on your back is the most preferable position, then angle your head and neck slightly to help open up your airway and prevent your tongue from blocking your airway further.
Weight loss – Obesity is a common characteristic in people who suffer from sleep apnea. Although it’s not the only identifier, people who are overweight typically are more susceptible to the condition. Consider a positive change in your diet and exercise habits to focus on losing weight, which will contribute to your overall health, not just to how well you’re able to sleep.
Quit smoking – Smoking can cause the airway to swell and further prohibit the flow of air through the throat.
When it comes to treatment for sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is the gold standard. You’ll may see a noticeable difference almost immediately after you start using your CPAP machine. Take the first step to finding out if your symptoms and lack of quality sleep are due to sleep apnea by completing the free, online questionnaire today. The sooner you’re properly diagnosed, the sooner you can get treatment to feel and sleep better.
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