A lot of us suffer from Sleep Apnea. It is a sleeping disorder in which a patient has one or more pauses in breathing or breaths shallow while they are sleeping.Apnea Symptoms experienced by the patient themselves:
Waking up tired with a morning headache
Frequent need to urinate during the night
High blood pressure
Swelling of the legs
Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
Apnea Symptoms observed by others close to the patient:
Periods of not breathing during sleep which can be up to 2 minutes at a time or more
Snoring (it might be relative)
Snorting, gasping or choking during sleep
Restless tossing and turning during sleep
Of the many treatment options CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the most effective treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea in adults. A CPAP machine uses a mask that fits over the mouth and nose. It provides air at a constant prescribed pressure through a tube. Because of the constant airflow the airway remains open for uninterrupted breathing during sleep. This eliminates sleep apnea events and allows the patient to get a restful sleep. The result is high quality of life, more energy during the day and better overall health.
A failure to use CPAP therapy may increase your risk for conditions:
Congestive heart failure (CHF)
The pressure of the air is determined during your sleep study and your doctor will prescribe you a CPAP machine at that pressure.