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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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting Used to Your Sleep Apnea Appliance

One of the best solutions for sleep apnea is an oral appliance. Oral appliances allow patients to sleep soundly, reducing the dangers of sleep apnea like snoring and insomnia. 

For many patients who suffer with sleep apnea, an oral appliance can help them avoid surgery or a CPAP machine. Oral appliances may take some getting used to, but the advantages are clear.

There are many options on the market for sleep apnea appliances, so getting the right one to reposition the jaw, tongue, soft palate and hyoid bone to keep your airway optimal is key. You may need to try more than one appliance to find the one that is right for you.

Even with the right appliance, you will need a customized fit by getting the proper adjustment. For some patients, oral appliances can cause stress to the jaw and teeth. These problems should be resolved with a readjustment of the oral appliance.

Oral appliances generally take some getting used to, and you may need a few adjustments, but with the right appliance, the benefits include:
  • Better, sound sleep that helps you wake refreshed and ready to tackle your day
  • Improved mental state without the fog of sleep apnea
  • Better overall health with reduced risks of high blood pressure and stroke
  • Improvement or elimination of snoring

To find out more about oral appliances and how the right one might work for you, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a local specialist.

posted by Admin at 9:00 AM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Allergens to Keep Out of Your Bedroom

Most people look forward to summer all year, but for millions of Americans, it also means allergy season. Allergies can cause congestion that makes breathing difficult and can make sleep apnea and snoring worse than ever. Treating allergies can offer a snoring solution and reduce sleep apnea symptoms

Steps you can take to reduce allergens in the bedroom include:
  • Remove unnecessary items: Things like stuffed animals, magazine racks, unused furniture and even rugs can collect dust and allergens. A minimalist approach to your bedroom décor can provide a serene feeling while reducing allergies.
  • Keep it Clean: Thorough and regular cleaning is the best thing you can do to rid your bedroom of allergens. Hardwood floors are ideal, but if you have carpet, be sure to vacuum thoroughly with a HEPA certified vacuum. Be sure to launder your bedding once a week.
  • Keep Pets Out: Even if you are not allergic to your pets, keeping your bedroom a pet free zone can help reduce the allergens they can bring in from outside and reduce the presence of dust mites.
  • Use Anti-Allergen Bedding Covers: Mattress covers and zippered pillow covers that are designed to keep dust mites out can greatly reduce allergy symptoms and offer a snoring solution.
Managing your summer allergies is a crucial step in treating sleep apnea. To find out what else you can do, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak with a sleep specialist in your area.

posted by Admin at 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How to Change Your Sleep Position

The unfortunate symptoms of your sleep apnea may leave you desperate for a snoring remedy. One of the things you can do to both treat your sleep apnea and prevent snoring is to adjust your sleeping position.

Changing your sleep position may seem like an impossible feat, but with practice and relaxation it can be done. For most people it only takes about two weeks, and the benefits are worth the effort.

Some sleep positions may provide a snoring remedy and improve your sleep apnea, while others can make it worse:
  • Side: Side sleeping is the best position for increasing blood flow and oxygen flow caused by sleep apnea. Adding a pillow between your legs can alleviate tension on your spine that can lead to lower back pain. Be sure to use a pillow with plenty of loft to keep your head in line with your spine.
  • Stomach: Stomach sleeping can also help keep your airways more open and provide a remedy to your snoring, but it can put a lot of pressure on your spine, neck, face, breasts, and joints.
  • Back: While back sleeping offers many benefits to those suffering from back problems or acid reflux, it is the worst for snoring, and can exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms and asthma.
To keep your desired position while you are getting used to it, you can try wearing backpack or fannypack with a few folded towels inside to prevent you from rolling back onto your back. Another tip is to use pillows around your body so it is uncomfortable to roll over.

To find out more about snoring remedies and behavior modification for sleep apnea, call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak with a sleep specialist in your area.

posted by Admin at 5:00 PM

Monday, May 4, 2015

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Blood Pressure?

May has been recognized as National High Blood Pressure Education Month by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute since 1974. Today, the education campaign involves over 100 national organizations and many more community health organizations across the country.

Sudden drops in blood oxygen (hypoxia) which take place during sleep apnea cause increased blood pressure (hypertension) that puts a strain on the cardiovascular system. Individuals with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of high blood pressure. The more severe the sleep apnea, the higher that risk.

There are many health risks associated with sleep apnea. For example, sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke, even when it does not elevate blood pressure, but high blood pressure is also linked to higher stroke risk. Hypoxia from obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to sudden death due to a cardiac event if an underlying heart disease is present.

Over 1,000 deaths each day are caused at least in part by hypertension. Treating your obstructive sleep apnea is an important step to getting your high blood pressure under control. Other steps you can take to lower your blood pressure include:
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Being a non-smoker
  • Exercising for 30 minutes several times a week
  • Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Managing stress
  • Limiting alcohol intake
To find out more about how to treat obstructive sleep apnea, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a local specialist.  

posted by Admin at 5:00 PM