Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
If you have moderate to severe sleep apnea, caused by your throat muscles relaxing and blocking your airways, then one treatment option is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This machine works by increasing the air pressure in the throat to stop the muscles collapsing. Continue reading
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Sleeping with a breathing mask is often a necessary treatment to help sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea. It’s important to treat this potentially life threatening condition to avoid any unpleasant complications by opening the airway passengers. However, it can be a little daunting if you’ve never slept with a breathing mask before. Here are a few tips to make it as comfortable as possible.
1) Wait A Few Days: Most patients find that breathing masks and machines do take some getting used to. If you’re finding it uncomfortable then give yourself a few days to get used to wearing it. Continue reading
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For sleep apnea patients, there are a number of different treatment options available. Although your doctor may recommend treatments such as breathing machines, you can also try out some of these self help measures.
1) Lose Weight: Those who are overweight are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, so losing weight can help to relieve the pressure on the throat responsible for stopping them breathing. In many cases, sleep apnea patients find that their condition is cured completely after losing weight. Talk to your doctor about healthy ways you can lose any excess weight.
2) Quit Smoking: If you’re a smoker then quitting can help relieve the condition, as smoking tends to create congestion in the upper air passages.
3) Avoid Medications: Try to avoid certain medications as much as possible, including sleeping pills and tranquilizers. These are known to relax the muscles at the back of your throat which can have a negative effect on your breathing. Continue reading
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious condition in which breathing stops and starts during the night, causing unrest. This happens due to the muscles in the back of the throat becoming relaxed, blocking the air passages.
When the air passages get blocked, this interrupts the usual supply of oxygen. The body’s reaction to this is to take you out of your deep sleep so that the passages open up again, allowing you to breathe normally.
The problem with this is that it means patients don’t get the amount of deep sleep that they need each night to feel completely refreshed. They will often wake up several times throughout the night, and find it difficult to get a full night’s sleep. Continue reading
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Breathing machines are commonly used to treat sleep apnea: a condition that causes people to stop breathing for brief periods of time throughout the night. Sufferers will often snore loudly, and feel tired during the day due to the fact that they don’t get enough deep sleep.
Breathing machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, by keeping the air passages open to allow proper breathing throughout the night. It’s important that you see a doctor to look into this form of treatment to avoid any of the following sleep apnea complications:
Cardiovascular Problems: Because your body is experiencing sudden drops in your oxygen levels throughout the night, this puts strain on your cardiovascular system through an increase in blood pressure. Most people who have the condition have twice or three times the usual risk of developing high blood pressure, and also have a greater risk of stroke. If you already have an underlying heart problem, then this can potentially lead to a fatal cardiac event. Continue reading
Millions of people have a hard time falling asleep. Some for medical reasons and others who suffer from sleep apnea. What happens is people fall asleep and during the night the airflow in their throat becomes makes it hard for them to breathe. They then wake up suddenly and happens throughout the night.
People with sleep apnea cannot go through the night without waking up several times a night. This is why some people have to use a breathing machine called CPAP.
What is CPAP? Continuous positive airway pressure. The pressure that CPAP machines releases help individuals to breath during the night giving the person a good nights rest.
Machines come with hoses that hook up to your nose or your mouth and sometimes both. So that the hose doesn’t come undone during the night, a mask accompanies the hose. So you put the mask over your nose and mouth and fall asleep. It may take some time to get used to wearing the mask during the night, you may have to make some adjustments to the hose, the mask or how you are positioned when you fall asleep. Some will even breath in and out for you. Be careful not to get one that makes a lot of noise because it could cause your partner to stay up while you doze off to sleep.
When used correctly, a person should feel better the next day. Daily fatigue will be minimized and the desire to take a nap as well.
Consider purchasing a Puritan Bennett Sandman Intro CPAP System With Heated Humidifier, Case & Tubing.
People use machines as a first step when treating sleep apnea. Many use them because having nasal surgery is really expensive and buying a machine is a cost-effective alternative.
When a person uses a breathing machine to sleep, your partner will also benefit since they won’t have to worry about you getting up through the night. It’s worth the money to purchase a machine and get a good nights rest.
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