Sunday, February 4, 2007

Discover The Cpap Solution To Snoring

Many problem snorers are actually suffering from the disorder sleep apnea. Snoring is one of the first - and loudest - symptoms of this problem. People often try many remedies for snoring such as lifestyle and position changes, but ultimately find a more drastic procedure is necessary.

Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are cause by blockage of the nasal airway and throat. This limits how much air gets in and the snoring is actually the vibrations of the tissue in the airway.

One of the more successful, cost effective and least invasive methods to deal with snoring and OSA is called CPAP - Continuous Positive Air Pressure. It was invented by Colin Sullivan in 1981. He is currently working with the University of Australia, and specializes in sleep research.

For CPAP to be effective you have to be able to breathe through your nose - it won't help people who are mouth-breathers. This device is fairly easy to use. A pump sits on the floor by the bed.

A plastic hose carries the air to a facemask that is held over your nose by two straps around your head. The air flows into your nostrils and prevents the obstruction of your air passages.

CPAP equipment isn't something you'll find on the shelves at your local Wal Mart, however. You'll need a prescription from your doctor and you will need to undergo a sleep study for a specialist to determine your particular needs.

CPAP devices have come a long way in the last 25 years. They have become smaller and easier to use and there are even travel models available that are specifically made for use on airplanes. Not all airlines allow them, however so if you will be using it on a plane, check with the airline ahead of time to be sure it is allowed.

CPAP results have shown high success rates - some studies have shown nearly 100% success rates in dealing with snoring.

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you need to check with a health care professional before trying any kind of treatment. They can give you an informed opinion and help you choose the best treatment.