Do you feel tired, sleepy, and fatigued? Then chances are good that you may be suffering from a disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. This disorder is one that affects millions of people. If left unchecked, it can lead to many other health problems and ultimately death.
So what causes obstructive sleep apnea? Although there are many reasons for this disorder, the most common is airway obstruction or closed airways. This keeps the patient from getting good quality sleep and makes them feel as if they are choking.
If you feel you may seem to be suffering from this condition, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Not only is your life quality in danger, but your health as well. Your doctor will most likely refer you to have a sleep study to accurately diagnose the condition. Once the diagnosis is made, you will most likely to instructed to use a sleep apnea machine, or cpap machine.
Why use a sleep apnea machine? Well for one, this is the most effective treatment option for sleep apnea. More and more patients are being prescribed sleep machines to be used at night. These machines literally blow air into the patient’s airway to keep it opened and help the patient stay asleep at night.
Although effective, there are some side effects to using the machine. Some of the most common include, nasal membrane irritation, skin deterioration, and pressure discomfort. Another frequent complain is the feeling of claustrophobia or feeling boxed in. The consistent use will many times make the symptoms more tolerable, but on rare occasions the patient will be unable to tolerate the sleep apnea machine.
Some physicians may suggest having their patients take a more invasive route. This of course means having surgery to relieve the problem. While it is not for everybody, it is an alternative for those who using a machine for sleep apnea is not a viable option. Of course, your doctor would be the best to make this determination.