Leaving your sleep apnea untreated can cause
serious health issues, and there have even been reports of sleep
apnea and death being related. There are many causes of the
sometimes the treatment for
sleep apnea involves fixing the underlying problem. Some causes
include: being overweight/obese, localized changes in the upper airway
such as enlarged tonsils or polyps (this is especially what causes
sleep apnea in children). Constrictions in the nose or throat because
of the placement of the tongue, the soft palate, or any other tissue
are also common causes.
of the brain (i.e. after
strokes, damages to spine or diseases affecting muscles), low
metabolism (myxoedema) or overuse
of anabolic steroids or growth hormones or pre-existing heart
conditions can also be contributing factors. Alcohol and sleeping aids
obstructive sleep apnea much worse.
trying to adjust your lifestyle to fix any of the above problems
still doesn’t help you to rid yourself of your sleeping issues, then
are many especially designed treatments which may be able to help.
Surgery is also an option, but is usually only done in extreme cases or
as a last resort.
Common Sleep Apnea Treatments:
on the severity of the condition, a sleep apnea CPAP
Airway Pressure) device is often recommended as a treatment for sleep
apnea. The purpose of it is to blow out positive pressure that
keep the upper airways and the pharynx open during breathing. Snoring
will stop completely, and there will be no more breaks in airflow to
Most people feel the difference after using the CPAP device for only a
few nights; they feel
rested and have renewed
energy, which not only
benefits the patients, but also their family and friends. Some people
cannot tolerate the CPAP device or have difficulties
sleeping with the CPAP mask on. In these cases additional tests are
required to look for further issues. This could for
example be issues
with the mucous membranes that can often be solved.
have shown that people can greatly benefit from sleep
apnea support groups in their area, to exchange thoughts,
ideas and other stories, and to realize they're not alone in their
and Other Sleep Apnea Devices
CPAP is the most common device used to treat sleep apnea, it is
far from the only one. There are especially
designed pillows which claim
to alleviate sleep apnea. Another popular option is sleep apnea
or mouth guards, which can lessen the constriction of the
airways in the throat and nose, and help alleviate the problem.
Sleep Apnea Remedies and Medications
are many all natural and herbal remedies which also claim to
improve sleep apnea. One of the common causes of sleep apnea and
snoring is caused by swollen throat or nasal passages, which means that
any product which can
reduce the swelling can help alleviate the
problem. Some people find success using teas, while other use products
Melatonin may not alleviate the sleep apnea
problem, but it can allow a person to fall asleep and stay asleep
easier so they can get a more restful night’s sleep.
uncommon, some doctors do prescribe sleep
help combat sleep apnea. One of the most common medications used to
treat apnea and other sleep problems is a corticosteroid,
the form of a nose spray. These sprays will help reduce any swelling in
the throat and nose due to allergies or other issues.
to Help Treat Sleep Apnea
a last resort, there are also several different surgical procedures
that are used to treat sleep apnea with varying degrees of success,
depending on the individual. One of the major issues with all sleep
apnea surgeries lies in their low
success rates, with as
few as 50% of
the cases being unsuccessful.
Although success is also
a fairly relative term, as it depends on exactly how well a person
expects to get. Most people who decide to undergo surgery to help
correct their sleep apnea will
still snore, sometimes quite loudly, although this should
be lessened at least to some extent and the person should be able to
get a better night’s sleep.
order to determine whether surgery is the right option or not, it
will be necessary to see an ear,
nose, and throat specialist
advise you on all of the possible treatment options available, both
surgical and non-surgical. If you're still not 100% sure whether you
actually have sleep apnea, we advise you to undergo a special sleep
test at a sleep
If excess soft tissue at the back of the mouth is the cause of your
sleep apnea, then the ear, nose, and throat specialist may recommend an
(UPPP). A UPPP surgery removes some of this
excess tissue including all or part of the uvula and the soft palate,
as well as the tonsils and adenoids.
This is normally quite an invasive
surgery that requires at least one night’s stay in the
several weeks to fully recover. Another option is a similar
procedure using laser
surgery instead of traditional
surgical instruments. Less tissue is usually removed and the surgery is
invasive and can be done in the doctor’s office in a few
recovery period is also shortened, although not by
much. There has been very little accurate research done to show how
well this procedure works long term, although many people do report
some improvement in the first few weeks.
If the sleep apnea is caused by problems with a deviated septum,
doctors will often recommend surgery to help correct the septum
deviation which will allow for more airflow through the throat and
nasal passages. Again, this may help alleviate the problem, but it is
highly likely that a person will still snore and have at least a mild
form of sleep apnea even after undergoing the procedure.
to the Snoring