Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, or OSAS, is a very serious disorder that can lead to heart problems, an increased risk of a stroke and more. Only a physician can properly diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when an individual’s air passage becomes blocked and breathing stops completely on multiple occasions throughout the night.
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include fatigue, irritability, a feeling of exhaustion, the inability to concentrate, heavy snoring during sleep and waking up short of breath or, in extreme cases, possibly even gasping for air. Obstructive sleep apnea may cause the sufferer to awaken as the muscles and tissue in the throat completely block the air passage and forces them from their sleep due to a lack of air.
There are a number of ways that obstructive sleep apnea can be treated. Often, something as simple as changing your sleeping position may help to curb the problem. For instance, individuals who sleep on their back are more susceptible to the tissues and muscles in their throat relaxing and creating problems breathing. For this reason, many experts believe that by simply sleeping on your side may help to eliminate the problem. Another natural remedy for obstructive sleep apnea is weight loss. If you are overweight, or have been diagnosed with obesity, a healthy diet and exercise program may also help to eliminate obstructive sleep apnea. Allergy sufferers are also likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea because their air passages are easily blocked and may be more problematic during the night. Ridding your home of allergens, such as cigarette smoke, pet hair and dust may help you to breathe easier through the night. The help of air filtration devices may also be beneficial.
If these remedies do not provide results for your obstructive sleep apnea, consider the possible use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This device provides continuous air pressure to ensure the sufferer receives air through the night. Many individuals find comfort with another product, the Sleep Genie, which is made from a nylon lycra blend and comfortably supports the jaw while keeping the mouth closed during the night. The Sleep Genie is not intended to cure sleep apnea on it’s own, but many CPAP users find additional relief because their mouth is able to remain closed and prevent the air treatments from escaping through the night.
This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and remedy.