If you have a sleeping partner who snores, you may not think much of the occasional snores. However when the snoring becomes heavy and goes and comes at interval, the person may be suffering from a case of sleep apnea. This is a very serious condition in which the breathing of a person stops and starts during sleep. There can be potential damage involved in this type of condition.
The common signs of this condition are intermittent snoring episodes during sleep, headaches in the morning, affected persons suffering from concentration problems, affected waking up more frequently at night to urinate. Since this is a condition that occurs while the person is asleep, it may be impossible for the affected person to detect the condition except they go an extra mile to record their sleeping habits. Most often it is their bed partners that may help them detect the condition. For most people, they can handle the situation with simple homemade remedies. However, for others treatments for sleep apnea may need an in depth medical checkup with more. Most of the treatment of this condition includes the use of therapies that work with airway pressure devices.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
Those who suffer from moderate cases of apnea may benefit from using CPAP devices. These are masked that are placed over the face as the person sleeps. They help to keep the air pressure around the person wearing it a bit higher such that the nasal cavities are forced open an breathing an continue as usual. The type of mask to get will vary per person. Some people may find that they are more comfortable using the machine with a humidifier. For those how develop problems while using the machine, it is better to consult with your doctor for other options.
Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP)
These are small devices that are placed inside each nostril before the wearer goes to sleep. The device is made in a way that allows air to be breathed in normally but during exhalation, the exhaled air must pass through valves in the device. Passing exhaled air through the device helps to increase the air pressure and hence the air way is kept opened. This is a good option for use by those who fall asleep during the day as well as those who have mild cases of apnoea bit can stand wearing a CPAP.
There are other devices that can be available at your dentists that help to keep the cavities open. Some people may have to try suing different options before they finally get one that works for them. It is important to know that when you suffer from sleep apnea most of the treatment options will come with some amount of discomfort. Browse this site if you are looking for more types of treatments.