Can Sleep Apnea be cured?

If you suspect you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea/Apnoea you have no doubt asked the question "Can Sleep Apnea be Cured?". It is only natural to wonder if this common sleeping disorder is only temporary OR is it going to be with you for the rest of your life?!

Can Sleep Apnea Be Cured

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that is associated with many health illnesses such as cognitive impairment, memory loss, depression, metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease.

It's therefore no surprise that sleep apnea can take a serious toll on your health and well-being.

While a diagnosis can be daunting, sleep apnea can be effectively treated. Depending on the cause and severity of sleep apnea, various options are available, from home remedies and other self-help options to medical interventions. Finding the best treatment that works for you is best done in consultation with your doctor.

Lifestyle and other natural treatments

Before we get into the more serious treatment options, we at Sleep Quizzz, always advocate trying a few lifestyle changes to see if you can discover a less intrusive cure.

With this in mind, we are happy to say a range of lifestyle remedies are available to help reduce the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.

  • Weight loss. The link between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea is well established. Weight loss is considered one of the more effective treatment options for those with mild obstructive sleep apnea.  Studies have shown that a 10% body weight loss can improve sleep apnea symptoms. In addition, sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, so not only can weight loss help reduce the severity of symptoms, it also helps manage the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Positional therapy. If you find you snore less while sleeping on your side than on your back, positional therapy can help with obstructive sleep apnea. While your sleep position may be deeply settled and hard to break, aids like a tennis ball attached to the back of your pajamas or positional sleep devices (such as specially designed pillows or alarms) can help nudge you back to the side while you sleep.
changing sleep positions can help alleviate sleep apnea
  • Tongue and throat exercises. Just 30 minutes of daily myofunctional exercise has shown to reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea by 39%. Exercises such as the 'tiger yell' where you open your mouth as wide as possible and sticking your tongue out to touch your chin, to 'tongue slides' where you push the tip of the tongue to roof of the mouth and slide the tongue backwards, are simple exercises you can give a try. Singing vowel sounds with a wide open mouth to open the back of the throat or playing the digeridoo can also help strengthen the muscles in and around the throat.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, avoiding alcohol, quitting smoking and establishing good sleep habits are all things that can help reduce the severity of symptoms particularly for those with mild sleep apnea. If you suffer from allergies or suffer from nasal congestion which is contributing to sleep apnea, then staying on top of your allergy treatment will also assist with reducing the symptoms.

Can Sleep Apnea be cured - Treatment options

If you've tried lifestyle changes and natural remedies without much luck or you suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea, then in consultation with your doctor, you may want to explore other treatment options.

  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). Considered the most effective treatment for sleep apnea, a mask is fitted to your nose and mouth with pressurised air flowing from a machine to keep your airways open while you sleep. 
  • Bi-level or Bi-PAP. Another type of breathing device and similar to a CPAP, the Bi-PAP delivers both an inhale and an exhale pressure. It's generally used for those that have difficulty adapting to a CPAP or for those that require extra respiratory support such as central sleep apnea sufferers with weak breathing patterns. 
  • ASV (Adaptive Servo-Ventilation). A smart breathing device, the ASV is useful for treating obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Tracking how you breathe when you sleep, the device automatically adjusts positive airway pressure to help you breathe more normal during the night. 
oral appliances can be an effective treatment for sleep apnea
  • Oral appliances. A specially designed oral appliance can be useful for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.  These look like a mouth guard and are worn to bed and are custom designed to change the position of your jaw to give a wider airway and are worn to bed. While they're not as effective as breathing devices like CPAPs, they offer the advantages of being more comfortable, easy to wear, quiet and portable. They're helpful for moderate suffers of obstructive sleep apnea or for those that don't tolerate CPAPs well.
  • Surgery. If oral and/or breathing devices haven't worked for you, then your treating doctor may suggest surgery as a last resort. Depending on where the problem lies in your nose or throat, there are different surgical treatments. These can involve the removal of soft tissue at the back of your throat, removal of tonsils and adenoids, sinus surgery, jaw reconstruction to enlarge the space, between the tongue and soft palate, and implanting soft rods into the soft palate. 

Key Takeaways for Can Sleep Apnea be Cured?

Rest assured, if you have sleep apnea it isn't the end of the world. As you can see from our article CAN SLEEP APNEA BE CURED?, there are many treatment options available.

We believe the best process of treating your Sleep Apnea is to take a homeopathic approach first. This means making some lifestyle changes to naturally reduce the occurrence of sleep apnea.

Only once you have exhausted your natural treatments, we then think you should consider more professional options.

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