Sleep apnea is one of the sleep disorders that make one stop breathing during the sleep. This disease is caused by sudden cessation of breath and belongs to sleep-related breathing disorder. The involuntary pause of breath may be from blocked airway or a signal showing of brain problem. Most of them who suffer from this condition is said to be obstructive apnea. If it is a signaling problem then said as central sleep apnea.
Those who suffer from sleep apnea unknowingly stop to breathe throughout their sleep repeatedly. Once the airway gets opened or breathing signal receives the person will start snoring or takes a deep breath or awake completely from the sensation of gasp, smother or choking.
Obstructive sleep disorder is a serious sleep disorder. Sleep apnea treatments are there. You can use sleep apnea device to keep the airway open while sleeping. The other option you can try is a mouthpiece to push the jaw forward while sleeping. If the case is severe then you must go for surgery.
- Sleeping more at daytime
- Snoring loud
- Abrupt awakening along with gasping or choking
- Breathing cessation at intervals during sleep
- Difficulty to concentrate throughout the day
- A morning headache
- High blood pressure
- Decreased libido
- Nighttime sweating
- Awakening with a sore throat or dry mouth
As said earlier there are many options to treat sleep apnea:
- Wear an oral appliance
Patients who like to wear the oral device than CPAP mask is a comfortable treatment option. Oral sleep apnea device prevents the airway from collapsing as it holds the tongue is a right to position or slide the jaw of patient forward. In such a way you can breathe while sleeping. This option is recommended for those who are suffering mild to moderate type of sleep apnea and who do want CPAP.
- Positive Airway pressure device
Positive airway pressure machine is used with different type of breathing mask. Most of them use this treatment for severe to moderate kind of sleep apnea. It is a mask worn cozily over the nose and mouth if needed while sleeping. It supplies pressurized air which flows continuously into the throat. This increase air pressure prevents the airway from getting collapsed.
The pressurized air gets passed through a tube from the machine. The types of machine are CPAP means continuous positive airway pressure, VPAP means variable positive airway pressure, BiPAP bilevel positive airway pressure and lot more. People who use PAP machines continuously for long period find it better to sleep and there is a reduction in apnea. As it is not only used for treating snoring alone while it eliminates snoring as well as treat obstructive sleep disorder.
- Weight management
In some cases, reducing weight will improve or remove symptoms of sleep apnea if they are overweight. But no guarantee is there that cause of sleep apnea is overweight and losing the weight will definitely eliminate sleep apnea.
If you do not want to try any machine then you can consult a doctor and find the right method for your sleep apnea.