Sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops for brief periods of time while a person is sleeping. It can last for 10-30 seconds, and may occur up to 20-30 times per hour. During 1 night of sleep, this can cause up to 400 episodes of interrupted breathing.
Avoid using sedatives, sleeping pills, alcohol, and nicotine, which can make the condition worse.
Try sleeping on your side instead of on your back.
Use pillows to increase your level of comfort when sleeping.
For daytime sleepiness, practice safety measures, such as avoiding driving or operating potentially hazardous equipment.
Continuous positive airway pressure
is done by wearing a mask over your nose and/or mouth during sleep. An air blower forces enough constant and continuous air through your air passages to prevent the tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway.
Oral appliances that help keep the tongue or jaw in a more forward position may help those with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
They can also be used for those with severe obstructive sleep apnea who cannot use CPAP therapy or have tried it without success.
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