Sleep Apnea – The Facts About This Important Sleep Disorder
December 9, 2016
Do you suffer from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders? Discover how you to can get a good night's sleep in this informative article
Sleep apnea is a common problem in the adult population, and is characterized by a reduction or stoppage of breathing when someone is asleep.
There are 2 main types - obstructive (which is more common) and central, but also a mixed type which is a combination of both central and obstructive.
Treatment for sleep apnea can be surgical or nonsurgical.
How is obstructive sleep apnea treated? There are several non surgical options varying from behavioral changes to medications and dental appliances.
Behavioral changes may simply involve getting the sufferer to change their sleeping position, as most apneas seem to occur whilst sleeping on the back. A change in diet and lifestyle with consequent reduction in obesity can also markedly reduce the severity of symptoms. These changes are easier to talk about than to implement.
Dental appliances are sometimes used for mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea - these work by holding the jaw and tongue forward and the palate up to prevent airway closure.
One of the best non surgical treatments is called CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure. This is a machine which delivers humidified and heated air under pressure through a mask to the sufferer whilst they sleep. The machine is portable and light, and most people quickly get used to the noise the machine makes, and to wearing a mask.