Can You Get Rid of Sleep Apnea?
Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea. However, curing sleep apnea is a complicated topic. Currently, the only cure for sleep apnea is weight loss or surgery. Neither method guarantees that you can get rid of sleep apnea for good. How to improve sleep apnea is the more realistic approach. Most often, the best methods for improving sleep apnea begin with lifestyle changes and consistent home care involving some form of CPAP therapy.
Left untreated, sleep disruptions caused by sleep apnea episodes combined with low blood oxygen levels can lead to impaired immune and respiratory system function and more vulnerability to illness, infections, or worse. Over the long term, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and mood and memory problems, and that’s just the beginning.
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Ways to treat sleep apnea will vary depending on the severity of your condition. Common treatments for sleep apnea include breathing devices such as CPAP and BiPAP machines and medication. If those methods fail to improve your sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend sleep apnea surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or suspect you or a loved one may have it, it’s important to consult with a sleep specialist to determine the severity of the illness and the best ways to treat sleep apnea. Treatment methods will vary widely depending on your age, overall health, and other factors. Schedule a sleep consult to find out what’s best for your needs.
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