News - Treating Apnea

Published: Saturday 26 May, 2007

Treating Apnea

Using CPAP
There are several methods of treatment for sleep apnea. Generally improving your health is a big plus as it is in many illnesses. Here are a few things that may be of benefit.

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Lose weight. Snoring and sleep apnea are aggravated by an excess of fatty tissue in the neck and throat area.
Avoid any drugs, including alcohol, that tend to relax the muscles.
Get adequate sleep. Being over tired only makes the problem worse. Avoid sleeping on your back. Try to sleep on your side if at all possible. People who sleep on their backs tend to snore more. This is because this position narrows the air passages.
Stop smoking. The smoke irritates the throat and makes breathing more difficult. Use a humidifier. Dry air is also an irritant.

CPAP
Almost everyone who suffers from Sleep apnea will be familiar with CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.

CPAP consists of a special mask that fits over the nose and mouth and forces air through the passages or blows the airways open.

Regular CPAP Mask
The mask is attached to a small air pump that regulates the amount of pressure used. The pressure should be set to the best level by a sleep specialist while the patient is asleep. the patient should never attempt to set this pressure himself.

CPAP is very beneficial in the treatment of sleep apnea. However, there are several disadvantages to using CPAP.
Irritation to the throat and nose.
Sinus problems.
Masks that don't fit properly.
Noise of the machine.
Costly Improvements are being made to overcome these problems. Some of the newer masks, like the gel-filled mask, fit better and are less irritating.

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