Most sleep apnea sufferers have no idea that they have a problem; indeed it’s usually their partners who have to alert the individual to the situation and that’s quite a delicate task I can tell you. Up until around four months ago, I was living with a lady who snored all night long, and because of this I didn’t have a good nights sleep for the entire time we were living together – does that sound familiar?
I know i’m not alone as a recent study showed that around 40% of UK people suffer from this condition at some point in their life. So, you probably want to know how to address the issue and what treatment is available, right?
Well, with that in mind i’ve written this quick post to fill you in on everything you need to know. Have a quick read through and see if you can put this information to good use.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
In most instances sleep apnea can be put down to being overweight, being old, or being a heavy smoker. You can usually tell you’re dealing with something more than just your average snoring problem by the gaps left between breaths. Personally I used to panic a little when my partner would snore for half an hour, and then appear not to take a breath for 10 seconds or so, but this is just another classic sign of sleep apnea, so if your partner acts this way during the night, it’s important that you alert them in the morning.
Though it’s wise to see a doctor if the problem persists, there are a couple of things you can try for yourself before taking this step. Most medical professionals advise that any sleep apnea sufferers first attempt to lose weight, stop smoking, avoid all sedatives, try to stay away from caffeine before bed, and maintain recommended sleeping hours and patterns.
If none of the self-help techniques appear to work for you, then as I said previously, you must seek the assistance of a qualified medical professional. In most instances they will provide you with supplemental oxygen or breathing devices to help you stay peaceful and quiet when in bed.
Though you can rely on the NHS, you’re probably better finding out what your options are and then buying a breathing aid yourself (as you’ll be able to find far superior products). CPAP masksare always a good idea as they help to ensure your airways stay open and clean oxygen has no trouble making it into your lungs.
So there you have it. That was sleep apnea in a nutshell; how to identify it, how to address it, and how to treat it. I hope now you’ve read through this information you’ll be less inclined to ignore your loved ones snoring problem, and also feel much more confident about raising the issue. Just remember that some ladies don’t like to be told they’re loud sleepers, so approach with caution and try to be sensitive to their feelings.