Part Two of Have Sleep Apnea? We help you explore your treatment options! 

 

In the first installment of this series, a list of twenty (20) ways to treat sleep apnea was briefly outlined. Today’s post discusses a quick overview of the first two treatment choices for Sleep Apnea: Weight Loss and Positional Therapy.

This article aims to quickly touch on the fundamental nature of each choice and assist you in establishing your treatment protocol with your doctor. As you consider each choice, keep in mind that your Sleep Doctor is a terrific resource for greater detail. He/she can consult you about treatment criteria, cautions and special considerations which directly relate to your goal of healthier sleep.

Here are the first two non-invasive and conservative sleep apnea treatments.

 

  • Weight Loss

Many approach this solution with a formula of intelligent dietary changes. Also employed are gradual daily increases in activities. Moreover the buddy system for psychological adherence and a realistic exercise program are key considerations.

When all of the previously mentioned is implemented consistently, the important reduction of pharyngeal fat deposits (within the throat and airway) is inevitably reduced, thereby allowing “patency” or a larger airway opening to be a common expectation. When this happens, the likelihood of sleep apnea is reduced or eliminated.

Remember, the probability of success with this option is best measured case by case. What works for many may not work for you.  So it is best to consult with your physician about the long-term aspects of this sleep apnea treatment choice.  Additionally, special attention to the details of your situation must be tracked, recorded and measured (like a before, during and after photo, blood test results before, during and after, before and after sleep apnea tests, if available, etc.) to maximize your success.

 

 

 

  • Positional Therapy

Alternatively, there is some evidence to suggest that items like tennis balls sewn within the backs of T-shirts, Vests, Positional alarms, and bed-pillows can subtly manipulate sleeping position and effectively treat sleep apnea. In recent studies, the European Respiratory Journal 2011, Volume 37, number 5, page 1004 paragraph 2 spells out marginal success with these options to combat Sleep Apnea.

However, specific success is still measured case by case.

Therefore, a split sleep study is highly recommended. It’s purpose is to explore controlling sleep apnea with sleep position changes, especially for mild cases.

Finally, severe sleep apnea requires a more medically targeted solution. Be sure to have a detailed-oriented talk with your sleep physician about sleep specific treatment options.

In the next segment, we’ll explore Intraoral protrusion devices and upper airway nerve stimulation as trustworthy treatment options against sleep apnea.

 

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