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What alternatives are effective for sleep apnea, besides CPAP?

I can't afford a CPAP machine right now. Are there any other alternatives that help with sleep apnea? I've tried a dental device before, but it hurts my jaw and teeth too much. Surgery is also not an option right now due to the cost. Is there anything else that can be done? I'm trying to lose weight, so no need to tell me that, either.

It may be worth revisiting the sleep apnea mouthpiece option. If you can get it into hot water before putting it in for the first time it should mould to your features better and be less uncomfortable  (+ info)

What kind of doctor would you go to for snoring/sleep apnea?

My husband and I are having severe problems with snoring. I think he suffers from sleep apnea. Would a GP treat this or should he go straight to an ENT?

Neurologist could refer him to a Sleep Pathologist to have a Sleep Study done, to see if he needs a CPAP or something like that. If you don't have insurance, the sleep study is quite expensive. A normal doctor should be able to refer him to the right place though, he shouldn't have to go to a neurologist for it.  (+ info)

Can sleep apnea in your childhood affect how well you sleep later on in life?

I had sleep apnea when I was younger due to very large tonsils and adenoids. They were taken out when I was four years old. I am now 18 and have been having difficulties falling and staying asleep for around four or five years now. I was wondering if there is any connection.

Some patients have problems even if they had surgery. For example, if you had big adenoids, then surgery can be an important step to do, avoiding complications with a CPAP machine for the rest of your life. However, did you know that some sleep apnea patients had the same difficulties in sleep even they've had removed the tonsils and adenoids?

One of the reasons is that they have another cause for their sleep disorder, like fat around their neck, a big tongue that can obstruct the airways in sleep, or central sleep apnea.  (+ info)

Is there anyway to test for sleep apnea without sleeping over somewhere?

I can't do the sleeping over bit due to agoraphobia, but my roommate said I stop breathing at night and last time I went to my doctor she mentioned that I might have apnea. So is there a test that doesn't involve sleeping somewhere?

No.  (+ info)

Are there any natural ways to treat sleep apnea?

I have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and I;m awaiting the appointment with the pulmonologist. Just wondering what to do in the meantime.

Natural cures for sleep apnea

There are several natural medicines for sleeping problems that might help with sleep apnea. However, it’s best to consult someone – such as a homeopathic physician -- about taking any of these. He or she might recommend one or several of them in some combination

Here are some natural treatments that could work if you have only a mild case of sleep apnea.

*Minimize your use of alcohol, antihistamines, or tranquilizers.
*Make sure you get treatment for allergies and colds or sinus problems.
*Develop regular sleep habits, and especially make sure you get enough sleep at night.
*Gargle with salt water to shrink your tonsils
*Try sleeping on your side or sitting up rather than sleeping on your back.
*Don't smoke or expose yourself to other irritants (such as dust or perfumes).
*Use an air humidifier by your bed side.
*Place bricks under the head of your bed to raise it
*Try eliminating mucus-producing foods (such as dairy and bananas) for two weeks. Then begin eating themn again and see if you notice any differnces.

There are also small devices which can be inserted into the mouth to help keep the airway open during sleep. These devices help by either bringing the jaw more forward or by keeping the soft tissues up to avoid them collapsing and blocking the airway. These devices do not cure sleep apnea and it likely to get worse if left untreated.  (+ info)

How do you know if you have Sleep Apnea ?

I was wondering if anyone on here has sleep apnea and how do you feel when you have it ? The reason I ask is because I was wondering if I had sleep apnea a perfect example is: There are times when I will wake up gasping and choking and continuous coughing and my throat feels a bit rare and sore. Are these some symptoms for people with Sleep Apnea?

Common symptoms of sleep apnea;
waking up often
weight gain
feeling tired most of the time
gasping/choking (which means your breathing stopped momentarily)
falling asleep involuntarily during the day

more severe symptoms of sleep apnea;
falling asleep while driving
waking up needing to urinate urgently (several times a night)
thrashing about while sleeping
grinding your teeth while sleeping

I strongly urge you to get a sleep study done. It is painless and only takes one evening to do. Sleep apnea deprives the brain and body of oxygen. The standard treatment for sleep apnea is that you get to sleep using a C-PAP or Bi-PAP machine. You wear a mask to bed and the machine pressurizes the oxygen flow while you sleep. No more snoring, sore throat, waking up multiple times, etc. etc. etc.

I have been using my machine for almost 3 years. Insurance paid for it & the sleep study. I have great energy now, feel more alert than ever. It did not take long to get used to the mask and I love the long term benefits.

If you snore, chances are you have some form of apnea. Get a sleep study done ASAP  (+ info)

How can I repair damage to my mind from years of sleep apnea? I have had it my whole life and didn't know?

I feel like my mind is weak because I had sleep apnea all through school. I am in my mind 20's and have sleep apnea due to the structure of my body (I am not overweight which is the usual cause). I did ok in school but I just feel like I didn't absorb everything I needed to. What would you do? I know use C-PAP and have been for a few month and am feeling a lot better.

Sleep Apnea is a serious condition and can cause or worsen lots of physical problems like high blood pressure and hart disease but has not been shown to have any long-term effects on brain function. Stay with your C-PAP though because it could save your life over the long run.  (+ info)

can a person with sleep apnea still work rotating shifts and be alright?

where i work we work rotating shifts. we change every 3 months. so i guess what i'm asking is if a person has sleep apnea can they still work all shifts?

Yes, if they stay awake during the shifts. The problem is that apnea often makes you tired during the day. Try using a CPAP at night.  (+ info)

Does anyone know if there is a correlation between sleep apnea and diabetes?

My husband has diabetes and Sleep Apnea. Can you tell me if you have diabetes can this cause you to have Sleep Apnea?

Is he overweight? Both diabetes and sleep apnea are correlated with obesity. This COULD be the connection. I am unaware of any direct connection between diabetes and apnea.  (+ info)

Can sleep apnea make me so tired that I feel like sleeping 20 hours a day?

There were 2 days in the past few months when I slept for 20 hours Was that because of the sleep apnea?

If you have sleep apnea and it is not being treated properly, then yes.  (+ info)

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