Sleep Better, Live Better with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Woman sleeping peacefullyThe first type of sleep apnea is known as central sleep apnea (CSA). Central sleep apnea is characterized by an interruption or disruption of brain signals responsible for motor movements of breathing muscles. In other words, the brain fails to send a signal for the muscles to initiate air intake.

The second type of sleep apnea is characterized by an obstruction of the airways and is known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. In this case, the brain actually sends the signal to the muscles to initiate breath intake, but the airways are obstructed, thus preventing adequate airflow.

Behavioral modifications for curing snoring and sleep apnea are usually the hardest to implement, requiring the patient’s commitment to follow through. Weight loss, exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle will most certainly improve obstructive sleep apnea.

Although sleep apnea disorder is usually characterized by the first two types, mixed sleep apnea, which encompasses both CSA and OSA, occurs in some patients.

Sleep apnea treatment may include both surgical and non-invasive techniques. A non-surgical treatment of snoring and sleep apnea includes behavioral modifications, dental appliances, and medication. Behavioral modifications for curing snoring and sleep apnea are usually the hardest to implement, requiring the patient’s commitment to follow through. Weight loss, exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle will most certainly improve obstructive sleep apnea.

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