Sleep Apnea Treatments

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Sleep apnea treatments deal with the condition where your breathing will start and stop, on it's own, during sleep.  This can be dangerous in several different ways.  It's not a condition you want to take lightly.

The more common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea.  This is caused by throat muscles relaxing, and your airway narrows preventing you from breathing in.  The brain is signaled that something is wrong and wakes you up.  You then begin normal breathing.  This process occurs all night long, anywhere from between 5 to 30 times an hour.  It's no wonder you wake up tired in the morning.

The other type of sleep apnea is Central Sleep Apnea.  This is a problem in the brain because it fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Then there is Complex Sleep Apnea, a combination of both the above.

Sleep Apnea treatments depend on what type you have and how bad it is.  The options available to you are broken down into three categories:

  • Breathing assistance deices
  • Surgery
  • Natural remedies

Breathing Devices

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines deliver air pressure, through a mask, to keep your air passages open.  This is a common treatment for both mild and severe cases of sleep apnea.

CPAP devices are being improved on so you may want to talk over all the options with your physician.  The adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) learns your normal breathing patterns and saves it into a computer.  This device will kick in when needed to keep your breathing normal, preventing pauses.

There are also the bilievel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) units that provide more pressure when you inhale and less when you exhale.

Other breathing assistance devices include oral appliances.  Basically, they go in your mouth to keep your throat open by bringing your jaw forward.  These devices are also used to treat snoring.

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Surgery

When your doctor recommends surgery to treat your sleep apnea it will probably be one of these:

  • Laser - assisted ululopalatoplasty and radiofrequency ablation
  • Tracheostomy
  • Maxillomandibular advancement
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

non-surgical

The natural remedies, all the things I would do before seeing a doctor, just because I'm that way, are as follows:

  • Lose weight
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Quit, or drastically reduce, your use of nicotine
  • Quit, or drastically reduce, your alcohol consumption
  • Alleviate the possibilities of allergies or respiratory infections
  • Alleviate the possibilities of neuromuscular or heart disorders
  • Change your sleeping position to either your side or your abdomen

And then there are the tea remedies for sleep apnea.  They include:

  • Catnip Tea
  • Valerian Tea
  • Hops Tea
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Sleepy Time Tea

It is also possible to treat sleep apnea with any of the following:

  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Homeopathy

The remedies and treatments are abundant, but you first must want to help yourself.  Try one or try several, or seek professional help, but you really do need to do something if you are in need of a sleep apnea treatment.







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