Did you know that snoring could be a sign of a condition known as “sleep apnea”? Women with sleep apnea typically make periodic “gasping” noises that can interrupt their sleep. They may also experience sleepiness during the day. Treatment of sleep apnea symptoms really depends on the root cause. If some other medical conditions are present, such as congestive heart failure for example, you may be able to get rid of sleep apnea by treating the condition. Interruption of breathing during sleep can pose serious health complications for women. Sleep apnea symptoms should be taken very seriously.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
There are several goals for successfully treating sleep apnea. These goals are:
- Restore regular breathing during sleep
- Get rid of symptoms such as loud snoring and daytime sleepiness
- Possibly lessen other medical conditions linked or related to sleep apnea (high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes)
Ways of treating sleep apnea include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Mouthpieces & breathing devices
If you are experiencing sleep apnea (or think you may be), talk to your doctor or sleep specialist about your treatment options. Lifestyle changes and/or mouthpieces could be enough to relieve mild sleep apnea. If you have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, you may require breathing devices or surgery.
Lifestyle changes that can help you…
- Avoid alcohol and medicines that can make you sleepy.
- Lose weight if you are overweight or obese, use the plano detox.
- Try to sleep on your side instead of your back. This will help to keep your throat open. You may even try special pillows that will prevent you from sleeping on your back.
- Nose sprays or allergy medicines can help your nasal passages stay open at night.
- Stop smoking!
Mouthpieces and Breathing Devices…
A mouthpiece may help some women who have mild sleep apnea. A mouthpiece will adjust your lower jaw with your tongue so as to help keep your airways open at night. Be sure to notify your doctor if you experience any discomfort or pain while using the device. You may also need periodic adjustments.
The most common sleep apnea treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea is Continous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). a CPAP machine has a sleep apnea mask that fits over your mouth and nose, or sometimes just over your nose. It will gently blow air into your throat.
Many women will use a CPAP machine for a while, but then think they can stop because the snoring has gone away. The fact is, sleep apnea will return if CPAP is stopped or not used correctly.
Most of the time, a technician will come to your home and bring the CPAP equipment. The technician will set up your CPAP machine according to your doctors orders.
If you have any side effects to CPAP (such as irritated skin, stomach discomfort, etc), be sure to tell your doctor or sleep specialist. Steps can be taken to reduce side effects.
There are many different kinds of CPAP machines and masks. If you’re not happy with one you are using others are available…just talk to your doctor. Watch out for workout clothes to avoid causing vaginal infection.
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