Not all cases of snoring and sleep apnea require surgical treatment or oral appliances. At The Cure For Snoring, each patient undergoes an evaluation to determine the severity of the problem. Sometimes, a few small lifestyle adjustments can improve one’s condition.
Obesity and being overweight contribute a great deal in sleeping disorders. By adopting a healthy and athletic lifestyle a person will benefit from leaner muscle tone and decreased weight. This alone may reduce or eliminate snoring or sleep apnea problems.
Sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antihistamines relax the throat muscle, thus increasing the chances of airway closure. Avoid taking these medications before bedtime.
Alcohol also adds to decreased control over throat muscles. Reducing alcohol intake will not only benefit your sleeping condition, but all other risks associated with alcohol.
Establish a regular sleeping pattern. Most adults require seven to eight hours of sleep per night. However, if the sleep is interrupted because of snoring or sleep apnea, then one does not get the full 7-8 hours. If a person only allows themselves four to five hours a night, and those hours are interrupted, they will suffer the complications of mild to severe sleep deprivation.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPAP is a form of therapy which treats moderate to severe sleep apnea. A machine is used to increase air pressure in the throat so that the airway does not collapse when breathing. The CPAP machine may be either a mask that covers the nose and mouth, a mask which covers the nose only (nasal continuous positive airway pressure NCPAP), or prongs that fit into the nose.
CPAP is a non-surgical approach to treating sleep apnea. The NCPAP has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure during day and night. According to the European Heart Journal, those with coronary artery disease have found CPAP treatment for sleep apnea makes them less likely to have heart failure.
Some side effects include:
Dry nose, nosebleeds, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, irritation, headaches, and abdominal bloating. Most patients experience mild discomfort in the beginning use of CPAP machines, but the effectiveness of this therapy has made it the first choice and most widely used among doctors treating sleep apnea.
DOCTOR’s NOTE: “Excellent therapy for those who have severe or very symptomatic sleep apnea. Overly intrusive to the lifestyle of snorers and mild sleep apneics and therefore has poor compliance and limited utility in these situations.”