It is not very difficult to determine if someone is struggling through their sleep with obstructive sleep apnea(OSA). Actually, it is quite simple. All you need to do is take a good listen to the sounds that are being made, and there’s a great chance you will be able to recognize the tell tale signs of his sleeping disorder. In this video, you can hear the common sounds of moderate snoring, but you can also hear the sounds of airway obstructions if you listen a bit more closely.
What might surprise you is that sleep apnea is not something that is reserved for men or women. It is found in both sexes and the current trend is that more and more females are being diagnosed as the years are moving forward. One thing that everyone should pay attention to is directly related to sleep. If you are feeling tired and fatigued during the day, try to record your sleep one night with a simple video camera. It is very possible that you are making sleep apnea related sounds just like you can hear in this video. All snoring is not sleep apnea, but quite a bit of it is.
Being tired and feeling like you just don’t have any energy is the most common sleep apnea symptom. Almost 100% of sleep apnea patients complain of fatigue to their partners or doctors at some time if not everyday. The fatigue is also known as the silent killer for several reasons. A very common way to cover up fatigue caused by sleep apnea is to drink excessive amounts of coffee and caffeine every day. This only covers up the problem, and by no means does it cure the tiredness. What is also does is it changes the normal and natural heart rate that a normal human should be having with all of the stimulants like coffee and coke and other high caffeine drinks.
Just like the other most common symptom of sleep apnea, snoring is also very high on the list. There is a slight difference though between the two symptoms. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. There is such a thing as casual snoring which does not affect the person and is something that often goes untreated during a lifetime. Loud and disruptive snoring is something totally different. It is a sleep apnea symptom because it often leads to obstructions in the airway and the loss of oxygen to the rest of the body. With the airway being either completely or partially closed throughout the night, it causes patients to develop severe sleep apnea symptoms. Snoring is also just plain rude to be doing all the time whether you sleep with a partner or by yourself. There are even noise violations issued to sleep apnea patients because their snoring is so loud. One of the great things about snoring and some other sleep apnea symptoms is that they all can be treated with modern day medicine and even some surgical procedures.
Treatment of sleep apnea symptoms is often accomplished through the help of first getting an official diagnosis of sleep apnea. That is possible with the help of either a family medicine or sleep medicine doctor. You will need to undergo a sleep apnea test which is very simple.
There are several different forms of treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP) is by far the most common and most effective treatment. That is something that is not disputed by nearly anyone in the medical community.
There is also a new treatment that is gaining momentum and it is known as a minimally invasive procedure. Please notice how the term surgery is not part of that description. This is usually performed however by an Ear Nose and Throat(ENT) doctor. Most of the time, this type of treatment is something that takes place in a medical office and patients always are able to walk out after under their own power.
What happens during this type of procedure is there are lasers and radio frequencies which can help to reduce tissue within a persons airway. This reduction in tissue opens up the airway so snoring can be avoided during the night. Sometimes, patients who receive this type of treatment will need to have a follow up procedure to remove some more parts of the airway, but again, this is a very pain-free type of treatment.
If anybody is interested in this simple procedure to get rid of snoring without having to wear a CPAP machine, you should first consult with your primary care doctor. Your medical provider might be able to refer you to someone who is an expert in this type of treatment. Be very wary of a general surgeon who claims to be an expert in this type of thing. You are dealing with your airway after all and you definitely don’t want someone to be working on you who is not qualified.
What you should do if you are finding yourself in this situation, is talk to your doctor or do some other research on the internet to gain a better understanding of what OSA is and how it is treated. When left un-treated, it can lead to many health problems down the road, and it could very well be the direct cause for your current state of tiredness, high blood pressure, or even erectile dysfunction.
But the best news is that it can be treated, and it doesn’t have to be the end of the world for anyone.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP) is one of the most popular forms of treatment for patients who suffer from OSA. It is also one of the oldest forms of therapy as well, as it has been out on the market for several decades now. CPAP is pretty simple, it is a glorified air blower that all night long(continously) blows air into your throat and down into your lungs. This allows people to sleep better for many different reasons.
How does CPAP Work:
- A CPAP machine is placed next to the bed of the person who has obstructive sleep apnea.
- All night long, the machine will blow out air into a tube at a continous air pressure. Something like the air pressure you feel when you put your head out the window at 15 miles per hour
- The individual using the CPAP machine will also connect the hose that is blowing air to a mask
- This mask with take the air pressure, and force it into the patients nose or possibly the nose and mouth(depending on what type of mask is being used)
Common Questions about CPAP machines:
1. Can you take it off during the night if you need to use the bathroom? Most definitely, there are easy ways to take the mask off in just seconds
2. Do CPAP machines make alot of noise? Yes and NO, it really depends on how old the machine is and what pressure it is on.
3. Do you have to wear CPAP your whole life? That depends on if your body changes to the point where you can sleep without any respritory problems throughout the night without it. Most CPAP users use the CPAP their whole life.
4. What happens if you forget to use your CPAP machine one night? You will just go back to the symptoms you had prior to using CPAP. Most people for some reason forget to use CPAP when they are strating out by accident.
5. Do you snore when you use CPAP? No, CPAP has the remarkable ability to eliminate snoring right away, it’s truly amazing.