Getting restful sleep is vital. During sleep, blood pressure and body temperature changes, while respiration and heart rate decreases. Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is defined by repeated interruptions in breathing and/or reduced respiratory flow during sleep. The most common symptoms include difficulty breathing, snoring, restless sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, frequent headaches, enlarged tonsils and large tongue volume, and irritability. Sleep apnea can be mild, moderate or severe. If it’s left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity or depression. One common treatment is the use of the sleep apnea CPAP mask.
Sleep apnea CPAP treatment is determined based on the severity of the syndrome. It usually involves lifestyle changes, oxygen administration with continuous positive pressure (CPAP), which ‘splints’ the patient’s airway open during sleep by means of a flow of pressurized air into the throat and surgical treatment. The treatment aims to alleviate the symptoms induced by sleep apnea such as snoring and daytime sleepiness.
One of the leading factors in obstructive sleep apnea can be controlled by changing your lifestyle. For example, if a patient with sleep apnea is obese, he must lose weight. Studies have shown that weight loss decreases the number of episodes of apnea. Those who suffer from this condition must stop using alcohol, tobacco, and sedatives.
The sleep apnea CPAP is normally prescribed by your doctor after testing for the condition. If you suspect breathing issues, try to avoid sleeping on your back and sleep on your side. This way, you’ll keep your throat open. Keep in mind that behavioral changes are the simplest treatments for mild sleep apnea, but often the hardest to make.
CPAP-Continuous Positive Airways Pressure is deemed the most effective treatment for sleep apnea. This device delivers air pressure through a mask placed over your nose while you sleep. This treatment has amazing effects on people who suffer from moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea. If your CPAP isn’t properly adjusted, you may feel uncomfortable while wearing the mask. In this case, the best is to talk with your doctor. He might recommend you to try Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) or auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure.
For some patients who need the sleep apnea CPAP, the doctor might recommend you to use a device known as AutoPAP, which is able to automatically adjust pressure. BiPAP devices provide two levels of pressure: a higher pressure during inspiration and a lower pressure during exhalation. This type of device is recommended to patients who need a higher pressure than can be delivered with other devices.
In most cases, sleep apnea CPAP treatment is truly effective. CPAP treatment may cause discomfort in some people, which usually disappear in less than a week. For those who can’t get used to CPAP, surgery might be the most appropriate option. The goal of surgery for sleep apnea is to remove excess tissue from the nose or throat which is causing any obstruction.