CPAP May Stop Snoring And Save Lives

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(Best Syndication News) There is one sure-fire way to stop snoring. Typically the sound caused during sleep is due to a relaxation in the nose or throat. The problem could be a sign of a more serious problem like obstructive sleep apnea. It has been estimated that between 30 and 50 percent of people snore, depending on the country.

A sleep study can diagnose the problem and determine whether a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine is needed. This will open the airways and stop the snoring in nearly all instances.

There are other benefits to the CPAP as well. If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), your risk of stoke and heart attack increases. Your airways are restricted and you actually momentarily wake up before you begin to breathe again. The Mayo Clinic says that your spouse may also momentarily wake up. Neither of you may be aware of these interruptions because you are asleep and sleepy.

There are several reasons for the snore. The throat may be week and unable to allow air to flow when relaxed. Fat could be pushing in on a relaxed throat causing it to constrict and reduce air flow. There may be a problem with the nasal passageway. The effect of all of these problems is a snore.

The CPAP device will provide a constant pressure to either a nasal or full face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Various companies make the masks and CPAP machines and they may be covered under Veterans Administration (VA) and insurance benefits / plans.

Losing weight and smoking cessation will reduce the risk of snoring. But if you have tried to do those things and failed, you may want to see a doctor and get a sleep study done.

Sleep studies take only one night (unless you are unable to sleep) and can tell the specialist why you snore. A technician will monitor your breathing, heart rate and other vitals while you sleep. In the morning you wake-up and go home. It is as simple as that.

Only a doctor can write a prescription for a CPAP machine. If your insurance does not cover the device, you can shop around online and save hundreds of dollars.

By Dan Wilson

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