No! So, if that is making you reluctant to get a sleep study, let us give you some reassurance.
It might NOT be sleep apnea! Other possible sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, or REM behavior disorder may be at the root cause of your sleep problems. There are other sleep disorders that aren’t solved by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Many are treated with medication or even cognitive behavior therapy.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea – which is not only preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep…it’s also dangerous for your health – you will most likely be ordered some kind of positive airway pressure therapy. That’s because we need to do something to open your airway while you are sleeping to prevent the restrictions that lead to the decreased oxygen levels and brain arousal associated with your situation. Here are some things to consider:
- CPAP equipment is getting better and better – meaning smaller, less obtrusive, and more portable.
- There are also other alternatives including new technologies that use nerve stimulation to keep the tongue from obstructing the airways during sleep. Much like a pacemaker for the heart, the Inspire implant is a battery-operated device that works to monitor breathing patterns and stimulate key muscles to yoairway.
- Other treatment options may also include dental devices which are used to open the airway by manipulation of the jaw.
- We can also look at positional therapy that keeps you on your stomach or side during sleep where you’re less likely to experience sleep apnea.
- Weight loss is also a sound strategy for minimizing or eliminating sleep apnea. Sound Asleep Lab sleep specialists can make recommendations to help you modify your lifestyle to improve your weight, blood pressure, and nutrition.
Don’t let fear of having to wear a CPAP device keep you from getting a good night’s sleep! Talk to your physician or contact the experts at Sound Asleep Lab about your concerns by calling (866) 792-2792.