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Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Disruptive Snoring

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OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA - OSA - APNEA - SLEEP APNEA -CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA  and APNOEA are the  primary names used to identify brief cessation of breath while sleeping which may be as brief as a few seconds or at times greater than 60 seconds.

This site concerns alternative natural treatment options for disruptive snoring and/or mild obstructive sleep apnea.  The alternative methods mentioned on this site are published on public, medical and government websites.  Most options will be explained but weight loss, positioning and lifestyle changes are mentioned in depth as possible options to balance what information is available elsewhere.  Any topic on this site should NOT be considered medical advise and any treatment you obtain must be under the direction and guidance of a licensed medical doctor                                    






     DEFINITION of APNOEA or APNEA is the temporary suspension of respiration partial or entire, or without  breath

If you are reading this you are concerned about someone or you  have been told by a friend or a partner that you have loud disruptive snoring and/or that you pause breathing and then start breathing again with a snort.  You also do not seem to be rested and are overly tired during the day.  At this point you need to see a doctor who will usually refer you to a sleep specialist or clinic to be  tested.

It normally takes a diagnosis of over 5 apneas per hour (AHI) and/or oxygen levels to drop below 90% to get an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis.  It also takes a diagnosis of over 10 AHI or oxygen levels to drop below 90% before most insurance companies authorize on going treatment.   THE POINT OF THIS PARAGRAPH IS TO SHOW THAT MANY PEOPLE (many with less than the amount for a OSA diagnosis) due to obstructions STOP BREATHING IN THEIR SLEEP.  Many are considered within average or normal range.  There are still 18 million (USA) estimated to  have obstructive sleep apnea.  It is about how often and how long your apneas are in tandem with minimum oxygen levels.  It is important to consult with your doctor  to get his professional input so you will have an understanding of your diagnosis that you  are comfortable with. (ASK FOR A COPY OF ALL YOUR SLEEP STUDIES).  They are a blueprint of your sleep patterns and are extremely important for you to have in your files.

Lets assume you get an OSA diagnosis.  The bulk of the sleep professionals are automatically ordering (continuous positive air pressure machine) (it is considered the gold standard) CPAP for the patients.  There are no alternatives being offered by many clinics unless you refuse or stop using the machine.  The next direction is usually pills, surgery or  a dental appliance.   Then they mention stimulation devices, weight loss and positioning.  For positioning they explain that you may sew a tennis ball on the back of a tee shirt.  There are also comfortable positioning devices and pillows available now.  In the past it was thought pain had to be  created  to prevent supine sleep.  Even with a good compliance and a higher than most other treatment success rates in reducing or eliminating symptoms (read-CHEST 2005 Prevalence of Positional Sleep Apnea in Patients Undergoing Polysomnography)(link on Medical page) with off the back devices.  They are put in with lifestyle changes as a secondary treatment option instead of being  offered as a primary treatment  as they were prior to cpap. 

It is estimated that only 15% of OSA sufferers seek treatment and of those  that are put on CPAP only 30% are compliant  and after 90 days that rate drops even more.  With aggressive and ongoing follow up it is said to be higher.  Surgery success rates are around 50% (but improving).  Dental, stimulation devices and positional devices have higher average  hourly and nightly usage rates than cpap (which is used on average 4 hours per night).   Weight loss rates are not shown but are stated by many doctors to be the most important and significant lifestyle change a person can do to reduce their symptoms.  It also normally improves other conditions that a person has.  Of course any treatment needs to be under direction of your doctor.

These CPAP machines, pills, dental devices, surgery, stimulation devices, weight loss and positioning equipment work for different OSA and/or snoring sufferers.  In addition to them nose clips and sprays help some snorers. 

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 There is  a product page with some advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options.  Included are links to some for profit product website pages.   The products listed are independent of this site and not to be used in place of your doctors orders.  Some products on the various sites are available OTC for snoring and/or mild obstructive sleep apnea.  There are some CPAP and dental that require a doctors prescription.