Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Remedies other than the CPAP to help with Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea then you know that the number one way to eliminate it is by using a CPAP mask. Surgery can also be used but it doesn’t always work and the recovery period can be very long. Of course with the CPAP mask you will definitely have to take time to get used to the air being pushed into your mouth by the CPAP machine. Some at first struggle with it and then get used to it while others find it impossible to use. So what if you can’t use a CPAP and you are very leery of surgery, then what do you do? While it might not completely cure your sleep apnea there are things that you can do to lessen the extent of it.

  •  Although not everyone who has sleep apnea is overweight but the vast majority are. While it is easier said than done, losing weight would be a big help. The tissue in your throat wouldn’t be as bad as it was when you were heavier. Not a cure but it will help.  
  • Throat exercises can also be helpful because it tightens the muscles in your mouth. Not everyone agrees that it will help but you might want to give it a try. 
  • Changing the way you sleep at night by using a wedge pillow. I have used one for the past couple years and I definitely think that it has helped. 
  • Dental devices can be helpful for sleep apnea especially if your condition isn’t severe. 
  • Sleeping on your side or you stomach is something you also should try.

 Research all that you can on alternative cures for sleep apnea there a good chance something might help.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi David, my name is Remy Thierry and I run a sleep disorders website called I came across your blog while searching information on surgery for sleep apnea, and I was blown away by your experience on the subject. I think my readers would love to learn more about you; would you be open to an interview with us?

    If so, we can send you 5 to 10 questions by email, and you can send them back at your convenience. Your answers can be brief and it shouldn't take up much of your time. In return for this interview, we'd let you plug your blog, and anything else that might benefit our readers.

    Please let me know what you think. To give you an idea of how your interview might look, here's an example of an interview we did with a student from Stanford Sleep and Dreams team:

    I look forward to working with you and hope you'd like to participate. Thanks for your time and have a great week.

    Best Regards,