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Sleep apnea

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

OSA is a condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly through the night. Breathing stops because the throat or "airway" collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs. Sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.   

 

Learn more about Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

What causes the airway to close during sleep?

 

What causes the airway to close during sleep?

Extra tissue in the back of the airway, such as large tonsils, decrease in the tone of the muscles that hold the airway open, the tongue falling back and closing off the airway.

 

What should you do if you suspect you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

 

What should you do if you suspect you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Evaluation by a doctor specializing in sleep disorders is recommended. Have a sleep study done. A sleep study can provide the doctor with information about how you sleep and breathe. This information will help the doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment options.

 

What are potential consequences of untreated OSA?

 

What are potential consequences of untreated OSA?

There is possible increased risk for:

 - High blood pressure

 - Heart disease and heart attack

 - Stroke

 - Fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents

 - Decreased quality of life

 

What is the treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

 

What is the treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Most commonly, positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is the treatment of choice for OSA. It is noninvasive and can alleviate the symptoms of OSA when used as prescribed. Less commonly, surgery or oral appliances are used, which may be effective in certain cases. Any treatment plan should include weight loss if needed, exercise, and avoidance of alcohol, sedatives, and hypnotics.

 

Read more about therapy options

 

Is there a cure for sleep apnea?

 

Is there a cure for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a long term condition, the most common therapy is PAP therapy.

 

What are the night time symptoms of OSA?

 

What are the night time symptoms of OSA?

 - Loud or disruptive snoring

 - Witnessed pauses in breathing

 - Choking or gasping for air during sleep

 - Restless sleep

 - Frequent visits to the bathroom

 

What can put you at increased risk for OSA?

 

What can put you at increased risk for OSA?

 - Overweight/Obesity

 - A large neck or tongue

 - Extra tissue or crowding in the airway

 

What is the correct spelling of sleep apnea?

 

What is the correct spelling of sleep apnea?

You may have come across two different spellings of sleep apnea - the US spelling 'sleep apnea' and the UK spelling 'sleep apnoea'. The US spelling 'sleep apnea' is more widely recognised and we have therefore opted to use this spelling within our sleep apnea website.

Therapy

How does PAP or "CPAP" therapy work?

 

How does PAP or "CPAP" therapy work?

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) treats OSA by providing a gentle flow of positive-pressure air through a facial mask to keep the airway open during sleep. As a result:

 - Breathing becomes regular during sleep

 - Snoring stops

 - Restful sleep is restored

 - Quality of life is improved

 - Risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and motor vehicle and work accidents is reduced

 

Learn more about treatment devices

 

What are the benefits of regular usage of PAP therapy?

 

What are the benefits of regular usage of PAP therapy?

 - Most PAP users who remain committed to treatment enjoy:

 - Increased energy and attentiveness

 - Fewer morning headaches

 - Reduced irritability

 - Improved memory

 - Increased ability to exercise

 - Lower blood pressure

 - Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks

 - Increased effectiveness at home and at work

 - Improved overall quality of life

 

When should I start feeling better after beginning to use my CPAP?

 

When should I start feeling better after beginning to use my CPAP?

Most people begin to feel better within the first week of use, though for some people it may take a little longer.

 

What if I still snore while using my CPAP?

 

What if I still snore while using my CPAP?

Snoring while on CPAP should not occur. If it does, contact your doctor. Your pressure level might need to be adjusted.

 

What if I lose or gain weight over the course of my treatment or my old symptoms reappear?

 

What if I lose or gain weight over the course of my treatment or my old symptoms reappear?

You may need to have your CPAP pressure level adjusted. Contact your doctor.

 

If I need to be hospitalized for any reason, should I take my device with me and use it at night?

 

If I need to be hospitalized for any reason, should I take my device with me and use it at night?

Yes. Also, if you are having surgery, it is important to tell the surgeon and the anesthesiologist that you are using CPAP at home. You should also inform the doctor treating you for sleep apnea that you are going into the hospital.

 

I just can’t seem to adjust to my CPAP therapy. What should I do?

 

I just can’t seem to adjust to my CPAP therapy. What should I do?

Most people will adjust to CPAP in one to two weeks. Occasionally, it may take a little longer if, for example, you are very sensitive to the feel of the mask on your face or the sound of the device. Call your homecare provider or your prescribing physician if you continue to have problems beyond two weeks. Ask if you are eligible to try a bi-level or auto-adjusting device.

 

My hose fills up with water at night. What should I do?

 

 

My hose fills up with water at night. What should I do?

Condensation builds up because the air in the room may be cooler than the air coming from the machine. To prevent this condensation from forming, try placing the tubing under the covers to warm it. You may also ask your homecare provider for a hose cover.

 

What should I do if I have a hard time breathing out against the constant air flow?

 

What should I do if I have a hard time breathing out against the constant air flow? This sensation may improve over time as you adapt to positive airway pressure therapy. Ask your physician about comfort features, such as pressure relief technology or bi-level therapy, which makes it easier to breathe out against pressure.

 

What if my tubing gets in the way while I am sleeping?

 

What if my tubing gets in the way while I am sleeping?

You can adjust the way your tubing is laying on your bed by placing it under the edge of your pillow where you will not lay on it and block the airflow. You can position the tubing up over the top of the headboard—or through the headboard if it has holes. If you have the Nuance or Wisp mask, there is a loop on the headgear that allows the tubing to be placed in an upward position instead of pointing down.

 

My machine doesn’t seem to be working. What should I do?

 

My machine doesn’t seem to be working. What should I do?

Check the power cord to be sure that it is firmly inserted into the back of the machine and the electrical outlet. If this is not the problem, contact your homecare provider. Do not attempt to repair the blower on your own.

 

It doesn’t seem as though enough air is flowing to me. What should I do?

 

It doesn’t seem as though enough air is flowing to me. What should I do?

Check that the air from the therapy device is blowing. Then, check the air inlet and filter for obstruction or dust build-up. Inspect the hose for punctures. If you are still having problems, check with your homecare provider or doctor for assistance.

 

Mask therapy tips

My mask seems dirty. How can I clean it?

 

My mask seems dirty. How can I clean it?

Cleaning your mask every day is a very important part of mask maintenance. Here are three easy steps to keep your mask clean:

  - The mask should be disassembled per the Instructions for Use. Wash the mask components in warm water with mild soap and air dry. Avoid soap with moisturizers. Do not use bleach, alcohol, or cleaning solutions containing alcohol.

 - Wash your face thoroughly before using your mask. Avoid using skin lotions before putting on your mask.

 - Inspect your mask. Replace the mask if the cushion becomes hardened or if any parts become damaged.

 

How do you know when you should replace your mask?

 

How do you know when you should replace your mask?

Replacing your equipment is an important part of being successful with your sleep therapy. There are several factors you need to watch for related to replacing your mask:

  - seal deterioration in the mask,

 - an improperly fitting mask, and

 - a mask damaged by improper cleaning.

 

Learn more about equipment replacement

 

What cleaners should I not use when cleaning my mask?

 

What cleaners should I not use when cleaning my mask?

Avoid soap with conditioners or moisturizers. Do not use bleach, alcohol, or cleaning solutions containing alcohol.

 

How should I clean my mask headgear?

 

How should I clean my mask headgear?

The headgear does not need to be removed for daily cleaning. However it should be washed weekly or as needed. It can be washed by hand in warm soapy water. Lay it flat or line dry. Do not place it in the dryer.

 

Learn more how to care for your device

 

*Also known in the UK as ‘Apnoea’