Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Is Sleep Apnea Different for Women?

Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. However, more and more research indicates that there are significant differences in the presentation and diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for women than there are for men.

Writing for The Huffington Post, the Society for Women’s Health Research Network on Sleep recently discussed several key ways in which women with obstructive sleep apnea diverge from men with the same condition. These differences include: 

  • Women report higher instances of depression and insomnia connected to OSA
  • The risk of sleep apnea rises sharply with the onset of menopause – men see no such dramatic increase in risk with age
  • Women tend to have fewer instances of observable snoring
  • Many women don’t bring a spouse or roommate to their sleep appointment, making it more difficult for the physician to learn about snoring or lapses in breath at night
Most sleep medicine practitioners agree that obstructive sleep apnea is under-diagnosed among women. However, one aspect of OSA that doesn’t change with gender or age is the potential impact of the condition: Women and men with sleep apnea are both in danger of stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and other major health problems.

Early detection and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is crucial to your overall health. Contact a local sleep doctor or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to start exploring diagnosis options.

posted by Admin at 12:05 PM

Friday, September 19, 2014

Snoring Treatments to Save Your Relationship

Studies indicate that approximately 25% of married couples sleep in separate bedrooms because of one spouse’s snoring. If sawing logs is putting a strain on your marriage, snoring treatments might be the best way to restore your sleep and keep your relationship harmonious.

Allergies, excess weight, and other factors can cause snoring. However, loud snoring every night could be a symptom of sleep apnea, a very serious health condition where breathing is interrupted and blood flow to the brain and heart diminish.

Some cases of snoring can be treated with simple home remedies, such as: 

  • Modifying your sleep habits to avoid resting on your back
  • Healthy diet and exercise to lose weight
  • Quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills
  • Wearing a simple breathing strip or using a nasal spray at night to open your airway
If sleep apnea is causing your snoring, treatment options could still be manageable and comfortably fit your lifestyle. A custom-made oral appliance or orthotic is often an ideal solution. Worn like a mouth guard at night, orthotics open the airway by repositioning oral soft tissue and sometimes the jaw to let air enter the mouth without obstruction.

Severe sleep apnea might require treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device or even surgery. However, most patients get the snoring treatment, quality sleep, and relationship relief they need with lifestyle modifications and sometimes an oral appliance.

To learn more about snoring treatment, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 7:49 AM

Friday, September 12, 2014

UCLA Uncovers Brain Damage Caused by Sleep Apnea

Researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing recently published a study demonstrating the toll sleep apnea can take on the brain. During this sleep apnea test, male and female participants were asked to perform three physical tasks, two of which involved responses in the limbs.

While performing the three activities, participants who suffered from sleep apnea had less blow flowing to the brain than subjects without the disorder. The study also found that female sufferers had worse brain blood flow during the tasks than their male counterparts.

Over time, sleep apnea can lead to fatigue and a host of other problems affecting mood and mental clarity, including: 

  • Insomnia
  • Severe headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble concentrating
Though not getting a good night’s sleep can make even simple tasks the next day harder, the consistent interruptions to blood oxygen caused by sleep apnea can damage brain cells. These findings could shine further light on the difficulties patients with sleep apnea experience in school and work situations: The disorder has been linked to everything from diminished ability to pay attention in the classroom to major car and public transit accidents.  

If you regularly feel fatigued and significantly less focused and alert, undergo a sleep apnea test today. Contact a qualified physician in your area or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to learn more about the risks of apnea and your treatment options.

posted by Admin at 8:49 AM

Friday, September 5, 2014

NFL Sophomore Diagnosed With Sleep Apnea

Ryan Jensen, a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens football team, announced this week that he was recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. According to CBS Sports, Jensen said that a sleep study revealed the severity of his sleep apnea symptoms, including being woken up nearly 30 times an hour and almost 100 “breathing episodes” each night.

Jensen noted that he sought treatment after experiencing fatigue and mood swings. If you suffer from sleep apnea, these are often early signs of the disorder.

Along with your body’s reaction to insufficient, poor-quality sleep, many patients seek help because they snore loudly enough at night to keep people in the same room and even adjoining bedrooms awake. Loud snoring could indicate obstruction of the airway, which makes disturbances to breathing more likely.

In his comments, Jensen expressed a great deal of relief at being diagnosed with sleep apnea before it began to take a “catastrophic” toll on his health. Whether you’re a star athlete or not, catching and treating sleep apnea early is critical to your well-being.

If any of the following events happen to you, talk to a sleep doctor immediately: 

  • You routinely wake up from a full night’s sleep feeling tired
  • You feel groggy and irritated throughout the day
  • People who know you express concern about your snoring, sluggishness, and change in emotional state
  • Your performance at work and in other activities suffers
If you believe you’re experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact an experienced physician or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule an appointment.

posted by Admin at 7:40 AM

Friday, August 22, 2014

6 Keys to Managing High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a known symptom of sleep apnea. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine this month published a study that discovered the risk to the heart could be even greater, with untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increasing the likelihood of resistant high blood pressure.

Resistant hypertension is elevated blood pressure that doesn’t respond to treatment with medication, sometimes multiple prescriptions simultaneously. In some cases blood pressure resists treatment due to an underlying condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Seeking sleep apnea treatment could be a critical step for making your blood pressure more manageable. Some lifestyle changes are also an effective solution for both OSA and hypertension, including: 

  • Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products – ask your doctor about the DASH diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
  • Reducing the amount of salt and saturated fats you consume
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Losing excess weight
Even minor weight loss has been linked to a drastic reduction in the severity of sleep apnea symptoms. By shedding extra pounds, you can limit the interference of oversized structures blocking the airway during sleep as well as improve your overall health, including lowering blood pressure.

To learn more about symptoms and treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 7:44 AM

Friday, August 15, 2014

What to Expect During a Sleep Study

With the recent release of new diagnostic criteria for sleep apnea, doctors at the American College of Physicians are reaffirming the importance of an overnight sleep study to find evidence of this potentially fatal condition. Though there is an abundance of information on sleep apnea on the Web and elsewhere, the best way to find out whether you suffer from the disorder is an overnight sleep study.

A sleep study measures your quality of sleep and how your body responds to changes while you rest. The study will take place overnight in a lab outfitted with equipment used to monitor sleep patterns in patients who might suffer from apnea or other sleep disorders.

Before you go to sleep, a technician will place special sensors on your head, face, chest, and arms. While you sleep, the sensors will measure bodily signs like:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Blood oxygen level
  • Activity in the brain, eyes, and muscles
Known medically as a polysomnogram, sleep studies are painless. The doctors and technicians at the lab will try to make you as comfortable as possible to get an accurate picture of symptoms you might be experiencing.

If you regularly experience episodes of daytime sleepiness or your spouse has complained about your chronic snoring, undergoing an overnight sleep study could be the first step toward better health. Please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) for more information on sleep apnea.

posted by Admin at 7:26 AM

Friday, August 8, 2014

What Causes Daytime Sleepiness?

Revised guidelines published recently in the “Annals of Internal Medicine” medical journal discuss new diagnostic criteria for determining whether or not a patient experiencing daytime fatigue is suffering from sleep apnea. If you often suffer from drowsiness or other sleep apnea symptoms, it’s crucial to seek treatment sooner than later.

You might experience insufficient or poor quality sleep from time to time due to any number of lifestyle factors. Stress, excessive caffeine, and certain medications can disturb your sleep cycle and make you feel tired all day even if you got eight hours of shuteye.

However, persistent daytime fatigue could signify a serious health issue. Sleep apnea is one potential cause of chronic sleepiness, but other possibilities include: 

  • Diabetes
  • Migraine headache
  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Excess calcium in the bloodstream (hypercalcemia)
  • Low sodium levels (hyponatremia)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
Some of these conditions will require medical intervention to help you recover your overall health and good night’s rest. A qualified physician can evaluate you for fatigue and other symptoms to determine whether or not you’re suffering from sleep apnea or another disorder.  

If you frequently suffer from tiredness during the day or you feel that the quality of your sleep has lapsed, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule an evaluation.

posted by Admin at 9:45 AM

Friday, August 1, 2014

COPD and Sleep Apnea Pose Double Threat to the Heart

Though some of the most extreme complications of sleep apnea affect the heart, a disorder of the lungs can elevate the risk of cardiovascular problems even more. Studies show that roughly 10% to 20% of patients with sleep apnea also suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD is a chronic respiratory condition that causes breathing difficulties. In most cases the disorder is caused by inhaling harmful fumes or air particles, especially tobacco smoke. Symptoms of COPD include: 

  • Persistent cough, sometimes accompanied by mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight feeling in the chest
  • Greater susceptibility to pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung infections
Similar to sleep apnea, COPD interrupts breathing. This causes the heart and other parts of the body to be deprived of essential oxygen. Thus, the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and other serious health issues is compounded when a patient suffers from both COPD and sleep apnea.

COPD is irreversible but the symptoms are manageable. Likewise, sleep apnea treatments can offset the negative impact on the body. Restoring healthy breathing is critical, as better breathing means more oxygen reaches the heart.

To learn more about COPD, sleep apnea, and prospective treatment options, please contact an experienced physician or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 8:22 AM

Monday, July 28, 2014

Texas Child Thrives Only After Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

A sleep apnea diagnosis and subsequent treatments came as a welcome relief to the parents of 6-year-old  Emma Weedon.
Since infancy, the girl suffered from night terrors and generalized anxiety, and was recently struggling to adjust to preschool, according to a July 2014 report on KETK-TV, an NBC affiliate in Tyler, Texas.
Emma's parents believed an ADHD diagnosis was hasty. They also felt hesitant to medicate their child unnecessarily. Finally, a visit with sleep doctors revealed that Emma suffered from such sleep apnea symptoms as irregular breathing and teeth grinding. She had been waking about every half-hour during the night since she was less than a year old.

With appropriate sleep apnea treatment, however, Emma's sleep improved along with her growth rate, concentration, and overall health.
While Emily found success with continuous positive airway pressure therapy, many other children find it difficult to sleep with a CPAP, making them candidates for other sleep apnea treatments like a custom oral appliance.

It is common for young children to struggle to regulate their sleep as they grow up. But particularly when kids are unusually or inexplicably challenged in other areas of their development, such as concentrating in school or maintaining an active lifestyle, a visit with a pediatric sleep specialist to talk about sleep apnea could prove illuminating.

Sleep doctors suspect that between 10 and 25 percent of kids age 2 to 8 suffer from children's sleep apnea. Its symptoms may include:

·         Snoring

·         Breathing difficulty during sleep

·         Chronically restless sleep

·         Night sweats

·         Nightmares, or "night terrors"

·         Bed wetting

·         Sleep walking

·         Slowed growth

·         Concentration problems

·         Hormonal and metabolic problems

·         Failure to thrive
If a child in your family is struggling with these or other symptoms and may benefit from a sleep apnea test and subsequent treatment, please contact a qualified sleep doctor today or call (866) 727-6275.
 

posted by Admin at 6:00 AM

Monday, July 21, 2014

Am I a Good Sleep Apnea Appliance Candidate?

With dozens of different sleep apnea oral appliances now available, chances are great that this treatment is the right one for many mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers -- particularly those patients who have found it difficult to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.

A sleep apnea appliance looks like a mouth guard. When worn during sleep, these appliances work by pulling the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep. Oral appliances, which can be used in concert with other sleep apnea treatments such as lifestyle changes or surgery, have the added benefit of being more comfortable to most sleep apnea patients than wearing a CPAP.

·         You may be an ideal candidate for a sleep apnea oral appliance if you comply with one of the following criteria:

·         Apnea persists despite weight loss and lifestyle changes.

·         Patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who find themselves unable to use a CPAP.
Patients who would like to avoid more drastic surgical steps to correct sleep apnea such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, or tracheotomy.
To find out more about how an oral appliance can address your sleep apnea, please contact one of our qualified sleep doctors today or call (866) 727-6275.

posted by Admin at 7:00 AM

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Romance Supports Sleep Apnea Diagnoses

Faster sleep apnea diagnosis may be among the marriage and long-term relationship benefits, which also include financial security, emotional maturity and better socialization.
 
"People who have no sleeping partner may go for years without recognizing their difficulty" with sleep apnea, Michigan surgeon John L. Pfenninger writes in a July 2014 Midland Daily News article about the challenges and dangers of living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). " The classic hallmark of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring. Anyone with significant snoring problems should be evaluated."
Dr. Pfenninger also elaborates on the most common causes of sleep apnea, which is more dominant in men, particularly those with large necks. Among its causes:
·         Obesity
·         Drug, alcohol or sedative use or abuse
·         Aging
·         Decreased muscle tone
·         Naturally narrow airways
Sleeping alongside another person can help potential sleep apnea patients identify heavy snoring or interrupted night breathing. Since sleep apnea can exacerbate other health problems including cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, it may be especially prudent for a patient to take note of such sleep apnea symptoms as:
·         Daytime sleepiness
·         Morning headaches
·         Insomnia
·         Concentration problems
·         Unusual moodiness or irritability
·         Depression
·         Fatigue
·         Decreased sex drive
If you believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact a qualified sleep physician in your area or call (866) 727-6275.

posted by Admin at 2:07 PM

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sleep Apnea Linked to Deadly Train Accident


The conductor of the Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to New York City that derailed in December 2013 reportedly suffered from sleep apnea, according to an investigation into the accident by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The early morning wreck occurred after the train moved too quickly around a sharp curve on the Hudson Line just outside Spuyten Duyvil station in The Bronx.  It left four people dead and dozens more injured.
The conductor, William Rockefeller, was a 20-year public transportation veteran and reportedly took several appropriate procedural safety precautions prior to leaving Poughkeepsie, including turning off his cell phone and conducting a safety meeting with the train's assistant conductor.
However Rockefeller also told investigators that he experienced something like a blackout while he was working, and only blinked back to consciousness after he sensed that something had gone very wrong with his train.
It was only after the accident that doctors and investigators concluded that he suffered from previously-undiagnosed sleep apnea, or the condition that causes sufferers to awaken up to hundreds of times during the night because of obstructed breathing.
Despite the fact that sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, its symptoms can be difficult to recognize. Sleep apnea symptoms include:
·         Loud snoring
·         Daytime sleepiness
·         Insomnia
·         Fatigue
·         Shortness of Breath
Do you currently suffer from sleep apnea and seek new treatment options, or do you simply want to learn more about this diagnosis? If so, please contact a qualified sleep physician in your area or call (866) 727-6275.

Labels:

posted by Admin at 4:06 PM

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Musical Solution to Sleep Apnea?

A group of sleep apnea patients in Vermont have stumbled upon a novel treatment idea for taking back their health: sessions where they play the didgeridoo, a horn-like instrument native to Australia notable for producing long, sustained notes. For the less musically inclined, a variety of sleep apnea appliances can also clear the airway and help facilitate better breathing.

The basic premise of oral appliance therapy is to move the jaw slightly forward and make it easier for breath to enter the body. Patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea get less oxygen during sleep because structures in the airway collapse, blocking the flow of breath.

When the tongue, tonsils, and other muscles or soft tissue obstruct the airway, it can increase a patient's risk for a wide range of major health issues. Oral appliances that can keep the airway open and breathing steady during sleep include:

·         Mouth guards
·         Oral splints
·         Mandibular positioners
·         Oral ventilation devices

Oral appliances come in a variety of different designs. A sleep doctor can assess your condition and recommend treatment options that will allow you a good night's rest while keeping your airway open and combating the onset of snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.

Please contact a qualified sleep physician in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to schedule a consultation to learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and whether oral appliance treatment is right for you.

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Study Links Sleep Apnea to Hearing Loss

Researchers who evaluated key characteristics of 14,000 subjects found that patients who suffer from sleep apnea are anywhere from 30% to 90% more likely to experience a loss in the ability to hear sounds on both the high and low ends of the audible sound spectrum. Snoring treatment could be a crucial step for patients suffering from sleep apnea who want to decrease their chances of hearing loss.

The scientists who conducted the study hypothesized that hearing loss could stem from intense vibrations in the inner ear due to the heavy snoring that often accompanies obstructive sleep apnea. Another theory: Blood flow to the ear is interrupted because of the inflammation symptomatic of sleep apnea.

Snoring and choking or gasping sounds during the night are both major signs that you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Typically other people, such as a spouse or roommate, would be the ones to tell you about these symptoms. You might also experience:

·         Dry mouth and sore throat
·         Fatigue upon waking up, as well as throughout the day
·         Headaches
·         Irritability
·         Problems staying focused

If any of these symptoms sound like you, seek treatment for snoring and sleep apnea immediately. A sleep physician can recommend minimally intrusive solutions such as a custom oral appliance and even home remedies to reposition the body to avoid snoring.

To find out more about snoring treatment, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1-727-866-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule a consultation.

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Friday, June 13, 2014

Drowsy Driving a Major Cause of Car Accidents

The most recent data collected by the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 5,000 to 6,000 fatal auto accidents are caused by driver fatigue each year. With daytime fatigue a major symptom of sleep apnea, it’s important for people at risk of falling asleep at the wheel to seek treatment for their own safety, not to mention the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.

Even after a full night’s rest, many sleep apnea patients complain of feeling tired throughout the day. While this can lead to sluggishness and difficulty focusing on routine tasks, exhaustion and operating a car are a dangerous mix.

Lack of sleep can affect driving in the following ways: 

  • Diminished attention to road conditions and traffic
  • Reaction times become longer
  • Sound judgment and decision making become more difficult
Studies have shown that being awake for 24 hours straight has the same impact on the body as a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10. Every state in the country has implemented laws making it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08.

Though sleep apnea patients aren’t entirely deprived of sleep, the regular interruptions to breathing can cause a sufferer to wake up sometimes hundreds of times a night. Cumulatively, the loss of sleep can lead to a variety of health problems.

If you suffer from sleep apnea symptoms, you could be putting yourself and other people at risk when you’re on the road. Contact a qualified sleep physician in your area today, or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) for more information.

posted by Admin at 7:29 AM

Friday, June 6, 2014

Is Sleep Apnea Sabotaging Your Relationship?


An estimated 25% of U.S. couples don’t sleep in the same bed or even the same room. Though studies show a variety of different reasons for this trend, one of the most commonly cited is snoring. If one partner’s snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, both halves of the couple are likely to lose more than sleep.

Loud, persistent snoring throughout the night is often an early sign of apnea. It can also keep others in the immediate vicinity awake, aggravating all concerned.

However, the annoyance posed by snoring isn’t the only way sleep apnea can put strain on a relationship. Along with negative health effects, sleep apnea can also lead to a host of other issues that can impact social, romantic, and professional interactions, including: 

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Impotence
  • For women, irregularities in the menstrual cycle
Many sleep apnea patients suffer from periods of anxiety and depression. These emotional disturbances can only be exacerbated by tensions with friends, family members, and coworkers caused by lack of sleep.

A good night’s rest can help keep your mind, body, and relationships healthy. If you suffer from sleep apnea snoring and other symptoms, contact a qualified local physician in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to begin exploring treatment options.

posted by Admin at 7:00 AM

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Distinguishing Between Sleep Apnea and ADHD

Does your child struggle in school, or have difficulty focusing on one activity for a period of time? Though diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has exploded among kids in recent years, it’s possible that your child could be suffering from sleep apnea symptoms.

The symptoms of ADHD and sleep apnea can sometimes overlap. Both often result in:

  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Diminished concentration
  • Mood swings and irritability
Children with sleep apnea often face a number of challenges. Chronic inability to sleep well at night can compromise performance in the classroom, cause behavior problems that lead to strained social interactions with peers, and long-term even stunt growth.

Thankfully, there are a variety of sleep apnea treatments that can be customized for adults and kids alike. Although only a qualified physician can provide diagnosis and recommend the correct treatment option, sleep apnea does have several warning signs your child could exhibit.

Like many adults with the disorder, children who suffer from sleep apnea often snore very loudly at night. They might also be extremely tired during the day, and complain of headaches upon waking up.

If you’ve noticed symptoms like these in your child, contact an experienced sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to begin exploring sleep apnea treatment options.

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sleep Apnea Appliance Market on Upward Move

Recent data suggest that the market for devices used to diagnose and treat sleep apnea is expected to grow by more than 15 percent in the next two years. Greater supply of and demand for sleep apnea appliances can be attributed to the increasing prevalence of the sleep disorder, which can have fatal consequences if left untreated.

The exact cause of sleep apnea is currently unknown. What is known is that the disturbances in blood oxygen level stemming from interrupted breathing during sleep lead to a variety of serious symptoms.

Research shows that some of the major risk factors for developing sleep apnea are: 

  • Age: People over 60 are more likely to develop sleep apnea
  • Weight: Overweight and obese individuals are at a significantly higher risk of sleep apnea
  • Airway obstructions: Nasal congestion, enlarged tonsils, and narrowness of the throat can interrupt the flow of breath during sleep
  • Substance use: Alcohol, tobacco, and sedatives can all increase the likelihood of sleep apnea symptoms
If you're at risk for or already have sleep apnea, appliances for diagnosis and treatment are easy to find. However, many patients find themselves unable to use certain sleep apnea appliances long-term due to discomfort and interruptions to sleep.

Before selecting a sleep apnea appliance, consult a qualified sleep physician who can discuss your options and which one might benefit you the most. To begin exploring treatment, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK).

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

If you find yourself snoring throughout the night and oftentimes waking up severely tired, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person has difficulty breathing while sleeping, which can sometimes lead to brief cessations of breathing altogether. These breathing problems can cause the patient to never have a fully restful sleep, oftentimes leaving them groggy and sluggish throughout the day.

When considering treatment options for sleep apnea, there are a variety of ways to alleviate the symptoms, including:

  •         CPAP device
  •          Oral appliance therapy
  •          Surgery
  •          Behavioral changes
  •          Positional sleep therapy
  •          Medications

A very common treatment is the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device which is often prescribed for sufferers of sleep apnea. The CPAP device would involve you wearing a mask while you sleep that sends air through the nasal passages using a pressurized system. This keeps air flowing through your airway, however, it is oftentimes considered uncomfortable.

Oral appliance therapy involves the use of an oral appliance that can be used to manipulate the jaw so breathing isn't difficult during sleep.

Sometimes medications will be administered in order to alter hormones that may be involved in the breathing difficulties that arise from sleep apnea.

Behavioral therapy can also help to lessen your sleep apnea symptoms. These can include limiting your alcohol consumption and stopping smoking, as both of these can contribute to relaxed muscles in the throat.

Positional sleep therapy can also be integrated as a form of treatment where you simply train yourself to sleep in positions that do not inhibit your breathing abilities.

For more information on sleep apnea treatment, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.



posted by Admin at 3:21 PM

Friday, May 9, 2014

FDA Approves New Sleep Apnea Treatment

The Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation device is expected to be available to sleep apnea patients later this year after receiving FDA approval at the beginning of May. The Inspire appliance is the latest addition to the wide range of sleep apnea treatments prescribed by doctors to help suffering patients breathe easier at night.

Once it is surgically implanted in the chest, the Inspire device stimulates nerves in the neck with mild electric shocks. These shocks trigger nerve activity that keeps the airway open during sleep. 

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, patients who used Inspire experienced a 68 percent reduction in apnea attacks.

Though Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation isn't yet available to consumers, there are other sleep apnea treatments to choose from. Some of the most common examples include:

·         Weight loss, adjustments to your normal position in bed, and other behavior modifications
·         Specially made oral appliances, such as a custom splint or mouth guard
·         Surgery to adjust structures in the airway that block air flow

The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is often considered the “gold standard” treatment for sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many users find the appliance uncomfortable and difficult to use night after night, hampering its effectiveness as a treatment option.

Before you decide on any sleep apnea treatment, it's important to consult a professional who can carefully evaluate your health and determine which remedy could best restore your good night's rest. Untreated sleep apnea can be deadly: Don't delay contacting a local sleep physician or calling 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to find an experienced doctor near you. 

posted by Admin at 7:10 AM