8. What are the Common Treatments for Sleep Apnea?
Depending on the type of sleep apnea a patient lives with, treatments can either be in the form of surgery or therapy. For people with mild OSA, some types of mouthpieces that hold the jaw or tongue in a specific position are an option.
Treatment for central sleep apnea (CSA) usually involves managing the underlying condition, such as a brain infection, heart failure, altitude adjustment, and other factors that may have contributed to the breathing challenges that result in sleep apnea.
9. What is a CPAP Machine, and How Does it Work?
CPAP therapy is the treatment approach for patients with sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is a medical device used to provide a constant, gentle flow of pressurized air that prevents the collapse of the individual's airway during sleep.
The Alaska Sleep Clinic identifies three main parts of CPAP machines:
- CPAP Motor: Is a small quiet compressor that takes in room temperature air and pressurizes it to deliver the right amount of air pressure needed to clear obstructions in the throat.
- CPAP Hoses: Are pipes that convey the pressurized air from the motor to the wearer's mask. The main pipe is usually 6 feet long, but its diameter can differ depending on the type of machine used.
- CPAP Mask: Is placed on the face and comes in various shapes and sizes depending on how comfortable the individual finds it. There are three major mask variations to choose from: nasal pillows, nasal masks, and full-face masks.
10. What Are Some Home Remedies for Sleep Apnea?
Home remedies for sleep apnea are predominantly linked to lifestyle changes. Some of the recommendations by the medical website HealthLine.com that people living with sleep apnea can use to alleviate the condition at home include:
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)
Changing your sleep position
Using a humidifier
Abstaining from alcohol and smoking
Using oral appliances
Other lifestyle changes that could make a difference include dealing with any allergies, establishing a good sleep routine, eating healthy, and ensuring that the place where you sleep is comfortable and clean.
11. What are the Advantages of Using CPAP Therapy?
Some of the main advantages of using a CPAP machine include:
- Ensuring continuous sleep so that people living with sleep apnea can be fully awake during the day
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing the risk of medical conditions associated with sleep apnea
12. What are the Complications or Side Effects of CPAP?
Complications that may occur with CPAP therapy use include:
- Excessive dreaming, especially during the first days of treatment
- Dry nose and sore throat
- Congested or runny nose, and sneezing
- Eyes and facial skin irritation
- Abdominal bloating
Other problems with CPAP machines that have been reported by patients include anxious and claustrophobic feelings, nosebleeds, and difficulty falling asleep.
13. How Soon Will you Feel the Effects of CPAP Therapy?
The provider of sleep studies, coaching, and treatments, Sleep Health Solutions, advises that most patients feel CPAP therapy's effects as soon as they start the treatment. However, things are not always so simple for everybody. For some, the effects are cumulative, meaning that improvements only come with regular use of the machine for several weeks or even months.