Living with Sleep Apnea

Living with Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a condition in which a sleeper stops breathing for more than ten seconds several dozen to a few hundred times a night. This sleep disorder is an increasingly common problem for adults trying to find restful sleep. In obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of oxygen sleep apnea, the airway is partially to fully blocked during the night leaving the sleeper struggling for air, which will arouse them from a deep sleep and can even fully awake them.If you suffer from sleep apnea, it is may be hard for you to stay asleep through the night. You may wake up still feeling tired and with a sore throat and dry mouth. Your partner may be complaining about your loud snoring. Your partner might also have noticed that you stop breathing during the night, even though you don’t remember or know about these episodes. Sleep apnea leads to daytime sleepiness, which can make you more prone to accidents. Aside from potential accidents and tiredness, long-term sleep apnea can put you at risk of other severe medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arrhythmia, and diabetes1.

The risk factors for sleep apnea include if you overweight or obese, if your throat muscles and tongue relax excessively, if your tonsils and adenoids are larger than normal, or if the bones in your head and neck are disproportionate to the size of the mouth and throat. Talk to your doctor, if you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea. To know for sure, you may have to sleep one night in a special sleep lab, where your breathing and brain activity during your sleep will be monitored.

Are there any sleep apnea remedies? If you have sleep apnea, there are options for you. While enlarged tonsils might need to be removed surgically, there are also ways to deal with sleep apnea that don’t involve surgery. Certain dental devices, similar to the mouth guards that are worn by athletes, can align your jaw to allow more air through the nasal passages and throat. The disadvantage of these devices is that they are uncomfortable to wear and can leave you with a sore jaw in the morning.

A very common sleep apnea remedy is the use of oxygen CPAP or CPAP machines. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP system is basically a very quiet air compressor that blows air into the nasal passages and throat, keeping the airway open through the night. Breathing CPAP machines can be obtained with three different kinds of sleep apnea masks or CPAP masks. The first CPAP mask option is a CPAP full face mask for people who tend to breathe through the mouth, as it covers both nose and mouth. Another CPAP mask option is a less bulky CPAP nasal mask that only covers the nose. Finally, the last CPAP mask option is for people who feel claustrophobic wearing a mask. These types of CPAP masks are called CPAP pillows, which are inserted into the nose holes. Using pillows sleep apnea devices provide a bit more freedom of movement while in bed. Since CPAP nasal pillows can be irritating, they should not be used by people with sensitive nasal passages.

Respironics Total Face Mask with Headgear

Other CPAP options for treating sleep apnea and sleep disorders include BiPAP machines, iDPAP machines, and VPAP machines. A BiPAP machine provides two different pressures. Higher amounts of pressure are applied when the patient is inhaling, while lower pressure is used when they exhale. Both the CPAP and BiPAP machines do well for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea; however, the BiPAP machines are better for severe obstructive sleep apnea.

VPAP machines are also better for severe obstructive sleep apnea. A VPAP machines provides variable pressures matching the high and low pressures cycles so that you do not fall out-of-sync with the sleep apnea machine. With an iDPAP Machine, the breathing machine slowly ramps up to a prescribed pressure, allows patients to comfortably get to sleep and most importantly–stay asleep.

Another important therapy CPAP option is available to help combat the irritation some experience using sleep apnea therapy for extended periods. This option employs a heated humidifier CPAP machine. This oxygen sleep apnea device generates moisture through heat. This process reduces dryness and irritation to lungs and breathing passages due to lack of moisture. These CPAP humidifiers or humidified CPAP systems have provided relief for many sleep apnea patients. Several CPAP machines can be adapted with CPAP humidifier chambers.

Respironics RemStar M Series with Humidifier

CPAP machines and CPAP supplies can be purchased from Vitality Medical at the following link: Vitality Medical CPAP .CPAP medical supplies on this site are at discounted prices and many items at this CPAP store are at wholesale pricing. This online CPAP store provides Discount CPAP Machines, including travel CPAP machines. On this medical supplies web site is also a host of useful information about how to stop sleep apnea problems, sleep apnea cures and information about the different options for CPAP machines.

You do not need to suffer through daytime sleepiness or constant fatigue any longer nor worry about your health. Give your partner rest from your snoring, by talking to your doctor about sleep apnea. Both your health and your partners’ night time peace are worth it.

Resources

WikipediaSleep Apnea

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5 responses to “Living with Sleep Apnea

  1. Respironics has a nasal mask that provides a comfortable fit and a silicone cushion. This mask can be purchased for under $100 at Vitality Medical.

  2. Fisher & Paykel offer a starter humidification kit for under $70.00. This kit is adaptable to a CPAP/bi-level device and is easily upgraded to heated humidification.

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  5. I use cpap masks every time I sleep and I found it to be very effective in getting me sleep faster at night.

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