how to cure sleep apnea

How To Cure Sleep Apnea?

There are many different treatment options available for people suffering from sleep apnea. The type of treatment selected for each person should be determined by the severity of sleep apnea they are diagnosed with. The severity of the disorder can be determined through questionnaires or through sleep studies. It can also be determined by the physical structure of an individual’s airway, and also by examining medical history.

Apnea tends to be more severe when a sufferer sleeps on there back. If this is the case, position therapy may be the answer. The natural effects of gravity make the tongue more likely to fall into the back of the throat and cover the airway muscles, or the airway as a whole. Consciously making the decision to not sleep on the back can make a significant difference in curing sleep apnea. Many pillows and cushions are designed specifically to keep the sleeper off of their back, and out of the supine position while sleeping. The important thing is to make sure that the neck is positioned in a fashion that is more likely to keep the airway open and unobstructed. Alarms also exist that make a sound when your body enters the supine position. Although it reminds the sleeper to move out of this position, it is very disruptive to sleep patterns and is not recommended.

Surgery is often used to treat the causes of apneas. The surgery is meant to open the airway. There are multiple surgical procedures that can accomplish this goal that have high rates of success. Sometimes, however, the surgery can worsen the apnea; the procedure should be highly researched.

Sleep apnea is often attributed to weight. Having the neck surrounded by additional fat can make obstructions of the airway more likely; the airway is narrowed by the extra weight. Sleep apnea does not only occur in overweight people, but if the person affected is overweight, that weight is a serious factor to consider. If a person is only slightly overweight, losing the excess mass could make a large difference in symptoms.

Avoid depressants as much as possible. Do not drink alcohol or take depressant medications like sedatives or muscle relaxants. The use of depressant medications can relax the muscles too much making apneas more likely to occur.

CPAP, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is the best treatment for sleep apnea. A machine equipped with a mask is worn while sleeping. It pushes a gentle stream of air through the throat. The pressure of the air is gentle enough not to disturb the sleeper, but has enough power to keep the airways open.

It is important to always dissect each individual case of sleep apnea thoroughly to decide which form of treatment best suits the case.

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