Do Sleep Apnea Cures Exist?


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Yes, sleep apnea cures DO exist. There are many remedies and cures available for sleep apnea sufferers - from something as simple as a change in diet to the more extreme surgical procedures.

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Do Sleep Apnea Cures Exist?

  1. 1. Do Sleep Apnea Cures Exist? If you suffer from sleep apnea, you can at least take comfort in the fact that there are sleep apnea cures and sleep apnea treatments available. First, make sure you know what is sleep apnea and make sure that it is indeed sleep apnea that you are suffering from before going out and finding a cure for sleep apnea.Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder characterized by shallow breathing orpauses in breathing during sleep. These breathing pauses (called apneas)are caused by a blockage in the airways. This blockage may come in theform of excess tissue or it may be caused by the tongue or soft palate. Sleepapnea is a very serious condition and should be taken as such. If you feelthat you suffer from sleep apnea, make sure that you consult your doctor ortake a sleep test (polysomnography).Of all the sleeping disorders, sleep apnea is one of the most difficult todetect. This is due to the fact that it occurs momentarily and a patient willthen resume normal breathing. In addition, even if the patient gasps orchokes, this is often not enough to wake him / her up. Therefore, it isoftentimes their sleeping partner who initially notices the problem.
  2. 2. Once it has been established that it is indeed sleep apnea that you aresuffering from, then the good news is that there are many sleep apneacures available to you. Some of these sleep apnea cures may seem a littleextreme and others require little more than a change in diet or sleepingposition.Sleep Apnea CuresWeight Loss - about 70% of people suffering from sleep apnea are obese.Obesity causes excess fatty tissue to form in the airways, thus restrictingbreathing. In addition, cholesterol tends to line airways making themnarrower, hindering airflow. If you are overweight, this should be one ofthe first things that you remedy before considering other sleep apnea cures.Quitting Smoking -smoking causes a build-up ofphlegm and mucous in theairways as well as irritatingthe throat. If you smoke, noone has to tell you how bad itis for you. But be aware thatit can also be the culprit foryour snoring and apneas.Avoiding Alcohol & Drugs - alcohol and some drugs work to relax thethroat muscles. This relaxed state causes the airway to get smaller, leadingto an increase in snoring and apneas. It has also been shown that anyamount of alcohol consumed at any time during the day, specifically inmen, will lead to increased apneas throughout the night.
  3. 3. Exercise - everyone knows that daily exercise is important to overallhealth and well-being. More important to sleep apnea sufferers though, isits ability to tighten muscles and strengthen the respiratory system, whichcan work wonders in alleviating both snoring and sleep apnea. Of course,daily exercise also works towards decreasing body weight - one of thecontributing factors to sleep apnea and snoring.Nasal Decongestant - nasal decongestants or nasal sprays are used tobreak up mucous in the nasal cavities, thereby clearing the passagewaysand leading to improved breathing. This type of sleep apnea cure onlyworks with people with mild sleep apnea and is more commonly used forpeople who snore.Nasal Strips - nasal strips, like Breathe Right strips, are like stiff,miniature band-aids that are placed on the bridge of a users nose. Thesestrips pull the outer walls of the nose open, allowing for more freedom inbreathing. These strips have been shown to be very effective in bothsnorers as well as people suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea.Sleep Apnea Pillows - Pillows for sleep apnea are designed to elevate thehead and neck of the patient thereby reducing the blockages that occur inthe airway. Users experience mixed results with this sleep apnea cure -some people are able to sleep well with their head in the elevated positionand some people simply cannot.Positional Therapy - some people only snore and / or experience apneaswhen sleeping on their backs. For those people, positional therapy can bevery effective. It basically involves using some type of device that preventsthe patient from sleeping on their back. A home remedy would be to place atennis ball in a sock and sew the sock to the back of a pair of pajamas. Thisway, every time the person tried to roll over on their backs, the tennis ball
  4. 4. would make staying there very uncomfortable and naturally the person willroll back over to their side or stomach. There are especial pillows designedto help train a person to sleep on their side. Oral Devices - there are several oral devices on the market that perform different functions. Some are designed as a type of mouth guard which prevents the tongue from falling back into the throat and blocking the airway. Others, called mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are designed to move the lower jaw forward, thereby moving the tongue forward and freeing the airway.In addition, there is a device which uses the acronym OPAP (oral positiveairway pressure) and is a combination of an oral device and a PositiveAirway Pressure device. Although these devices have been approved by theFDA (food and drug administration) back in 1999, there has not been muchstudy done on their effectiveness and they seem to be hard to find.Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) devices - the most common beingCPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), these devices are essentially amotor with a fan attached to a hose attached to a mask of some sort. Thesemasks are placed over the patients nose and mouth (or just the nose) andare fed a continuous flow of air. This air pressure clears the airways of anyblockages and allows users to breathe more regularly. There are also othertypes of sleep apnea machines available including the VPAP (variablepositive airway pressure) and APAP (automatic positive airway pressure)machines. In addition, sleep apnea masks come in 3 different styles - fullface mask, nasal mask and nasal pillow.
  5. 5. Not being able to get to sleep at night can be a horrible experience - at night as well as throughout the following day. But it doesnt have to be that way - sometimes all it takes is a few lifestyle adjustments. Learn what you need to know to instantly fall asleep each night in the sleep ebook, Get to Sleep Now! 39 Ways to Guarantee Your ZZZs.Surgery - there are various types of sleep apnea surgeries availabledepending on the level of severity of the patients sleep apnea, where theblockages occur and what the patient is comfortable with. Here are the twomain sleep apnea surgery types: UvuloPalatoPharyngoPlasty (UPPP) This big word is a combination of words referring to the uvula (the little punching bag thing at the back of your throat), the palate and the pharynx (where your throat meets your windpipe), with the plasty part referring to surgery. This sleep apnea surgery involves removing the uvula along with any excess tissue that may be impeding breathing. This type of procedure runs at about a 50% efficacy rate - and, in some cases, can cause other problems. This same procedure can be done with lasers and is called Laser Assisted UvuloPlasty (LAUP).
  6. 6. Somnoplasty This type of sleep apnea cure uses low-temperature, low-power Radio Frequency energy. These radio waves are used to reduce and tighten excess tissue beneath the lining of the soft palate and uvula. This procedure causes a stiffening and strengthening of the palate and reduces the amount of tissue volume in the airway. This procedure is less invasive and painful than UPPP and patients can typically resume normal activities the following day. This has been shown to have a similar efficacy rate to that of CPAP.Other Sleep Apnea CuresAlthough they may not have sufficient medical studies to back them up,there are people who report relief from sleep apnea from a couple of othermethods.Playing Wind Instruments - therehave been many cases of people reporting Related Articlesthat by taking up playing some type ofwind instrument, that they have been able What is Sleep Apnea?to lessen or cure sleep apnea. Playing What is Insomnia?wind instruments like the didgeridoo What is Narcolepsy?strengthen and tighten the throat Looping Dreamsmuscles, which works towards alleviating Why We Sleepsnoring and sleep apnea.
  7. 7. Acupuncture - acupuncture has been used for centuries to cure manydifferent ailments. Although it is used more widely in the East than theWest, it has been shown to be very effective in treating snoring and mild tomoderate sleep apnea in some patients.If you have taken a sleep test (called a polysomnography) and it wasdetermined that you have sleep apnea, consult your doctor about theoptions you have at your disposal. Bear in mind that sleep apnea surgeryshould be one of your last options as it is not always effective and it canbring on further health complications. Now that youre educated about allthe sleep apnea cures available, discuss them with your physician to findout which solution fits your specific situation.