WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
If you find that you do not feel rested after a full night of sleep or you snore loudly, keeping your partner awake, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that affects your breathing as you sleep, which, in turn, can affect your quality of sleep. There are two different kinds of sleep apnea – obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the muscles in your throat relaxing and blocking your airway. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to send the right signals to the muscles that control your breathing.
How serious is sleep apnea?
When you suffer from sleep apnea, you might experience shallow breathing or recurrent pauses in your breathing that can last anywhere from several seconds to several minutes at a time – these pauses can occur 30 times or more per hour. Not only does this put you at serious physical risk, but it also means that your sleep is disrupted many times throughout the night, which leaves you feeling drowsy when you wake. This could affect your productivity at work while also putting you at a higher risk for car crashes, work-related accidents, and even serious medical problems.
It is estimated that 12 million Americans are affected by obstructive sleep apnea and millions more may suffer from the condition yet go undiagnosed because they are unaware of the issue or they do not comprehend its severity. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea are loud snoring, excessive daytime drowsiness, morning headaches, abrupt awakenings during the night paired with a shortness of breath, attention or concentration problems, and difficulty staying asleep. If you think you or your partner might be suffering from sleep apnea, you would be wise to seek medical attention.
How do you prevent/cure Sleep Apnea?
When it comes to treating sleep apnea, there is a variety of options. The most traditional sleep apnea solution involves the use of a CPAP machine. A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine consists of a mask or another device that fits over your nose and mouth with straps that keep it in place. This device utilizes a motor, which blows air into the tube connecting the mask to the device, creating mild air pressure to keep your airway open during sleep.
The CPAP machine is the most common form of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but it is not always the best method of treatment. As is true for any form of treatment, the CPAP machine has its pros and cons. Some of the pros associated with a CPAP machine include:
- Keeping your airway open as you sleep
- Reducing loud snoring
- Improved quality of sleep
- Relief from additional sleep apnea symptoms
While the CPAP machine does provide some significant benefits, there are also some drawbacks associated with the use of this machine. Some of the cons associated with a CPAP machine include:
- Machine can be uncomfortable to wear during sleep
- Cost for the machine averages $300 to $800 per year
- Use of the machine may cause skin/nose irritation or chest discomfort
- Side effects may include nosebleeds, dry mouth, sore lips, etc.
If after receiving a diagnosis of sleep apnea your doctor suggests the use of a CPAP machine, you should take the time to weigh the pros and cons carefully. You should also keep in mind that a CPAP machine is not your only option for treatment.
Are their alternatives to CPAP?
For individuals who find that the cons of a CPAP machine outweigh the pros, or if you are simply looking for an alternative form of treatment, there are several other options. Individuals who do not respond to CPAP treatment may benefit from a permanent surgical solution to the problem. Surgical treatments for sleep apnea typically involve correction of the nasal passages in addition to correction of the oropharynx passage. In some cases, a tonsillectomy or an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty may be performed to correct airway obstructions.
A new form of treatment for sleep apnea that was granted pre-market approval by the FDA in 2014 is neurostimulation. Also known as Inspire therapy, this form of upper airways stimulation involves the application of mild electric shocks in response to respiration, which moves the tongue slightly forward, thus keeping the airway open during sleep. Another alternative form of treatment for sleep apnea is a medication called acetazolamide – this medication is intended for the treatment of central sleep apnea in particular. Other medications that may be beneficial include zolpidem and triazolam – low doses of oxygen may also be administered, though this form of treatment has been shown to produce side effects with long-term use.
Are there any other treatments aside from CPAP, shock therapy, or medication?
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