There are many different ways to treat sleep apnea. The severity of the case would determine which method you choose. The best way to determine the severity of your case is by participating in a sleep study. Other determinining factors to which method you’d would choose include how your upper airway passage is physically constructed and your previous medical history. The best way of determining which treatment you should persue is by consulting with a sleep specialist.
Generally for mild cases of sleep apnea a sleep apnea pillow complete with a CPAP mask is often recommended. The main cause of sleep apnea is that the sufferer has obstruction in their air passageways. This occurs during sleep because your airway passage muscles relax while you’re sleep. This leads to frequent awakenings all through the night, leaving you feeling tired and exhausted the next morning and throughout the day.
The pillow’s mask is placed over the nose and mouth while a flexible tube is connected to the pillow. The CPAP works by forcing air through the airway passageway which helps prevent apnea from occurring.
This nasal pillow is a breathing device so it’s also is able to decrease mild or loud snoring and it helps to facilitate a side sleeping position which curtails the incidence of apnea. The pillow can take some getting use to as you try to get it hooked up just right and also having to sleep with something over your nose and mouth each night.
Be aware that if you discontinue use of the pillow that your snoring and sleep apnea could resurface. You may also experience mild side effects such as a running nose, watering eyes, dry nose and slight tension headaches.
Overall the sleep apnea pillow has provided valuable relief to thousands of users and it’s improved their overall sleep quality. The pillow retails for about $50 and is considered a personal use item so it’s not returnable if you decide you don’t like it once it has been used.