Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oxygen therapy for sleep apnea

If you have been in the hospital or have visited someone there you probably have noticed that oxygen therapy is used a lot with patients. It can be administered by putting tubes in your nose to raise the amount of oxygen that you receive which is extremely important especially if your health isn’t 100 percent.  Sleep apnea also has to do with a lack of oxygen as well.  That lack of oxygen can result in serious health risks to the heart and the brain. So the question is can you use oxygen therapy for sleep apnea.
You would think that it would be reasonable to conclude that oxygen therapy would be beneficial to those with sleep apnea. Unfortunately that isn’t the case.
According to there are some drawbacks to using it to help with sleep apnea such as morning headaches along with confusion. And it doesn’t seem to help with the actual apnea episodes at all.  Although it doesn’t help with obstructive sleep apnea there is an indication that it can help with central sleep apnea (sleep apnea due to brain functions instead of the throat being obstructed.  The states that “Using supplemental oxygen while you sleep may help if you have central sleep apnea. Various forms of oxygen are available as well as different devices to deliver oxygen to your lungs.”
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  1. Air is a mixture of gases. Oxygen and nitrogen are the two main gases in the air, we breathe. Oxygen accounts for about 21% of gas in air. The abbreviation for oxygen is O2. Every cell in our body needs oxygen to live. In order, for oxygen to get to these cells, it must be transported, through the airways of the lungs.