Sleep Apnea!

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Are you losing sleep, feeling tired everyday, and struggling to find answers? You could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

Many have tried snoring strips with success, but if you have OSA the strips will not work as it’s a much more serious condition.

Alaskasleep.com says that “Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women. However, men are often diagnosed with sleep apnea almost 8 times more often than women.

Signs of sleep apnea in women, may not be obvious.

When it comes to obstructive sleep apnea, men and women often experience varying symptoms. While men often report symptoms such as snoring, waking up gasping for air or snorting, many women report symptoms like fatigue, anxiety and depression. Of course, some women also experience shortness of breath and snoring too, but, in many cases, the telltale signs of sleep apnea in females may not be as obvious” according to EOS.com.

The Mayo Clinic says that “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils, the side walls of the throat and the tongue. Your brain senses this inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so that you can reopen your airway. This awakening is usually so brief that you don’t remember it. When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, and you can’t get an adequate breath in. This may lower the level of oxygen in your blood”.


CPAP!

CPAP the most popular treatment for OSA. It simply works by pushing air into the back of the throat acting as a splint to keep the airway open. CPAP is very safe.

It generally works from the first night of treatment. Many people don’t like these machines, and find them annoying due to the loudness and awkwardness of the unit itself.

Here’s a video is what a CPAP looks like:

There are several treatment options and “CPAP alternatives” for OSA.

Although CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the most popular treatment for sleep apnea, there are other therapies available.


Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial myofunctional therapy, sometimes referred to as myology, is basically physical therapy of the tongue and orofacial muscles involved in speech, swallowing, and breathing“, according to mimyotherapy.com.

In some cases, Myofunctional Therapy can help with snoring and may reduce sleep apnea.

There are many treatments that may reduce your symptoms, but no cure.

The Sleep Association says that “the word ‘cure’ is often used frivolously by businesses selling obstructive sleep apnea treatment products on the internet”.

If you have trouble sleeping, contact a sleep specialist and ask if a sleep study is right for you.

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