Many problem snorers are actually suffering from the disorder sleep apnea. Snoring is one of the first – and loudest – symptoms of this problem. People often try many remedies for snoring such as lifestyle and position changes, but ultimately find a more drastic procedure is necessary.
Nasal airway blockage brought about by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring cause your throat tissues to vibrate and produce sound due to a lack of air flow.
Invented in 1981 by Colin Sullivan, CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure, is a cheap and very limitedly invasive method for getting rid of snoring problems. The inventor is now a sleep researcher at the University of Australia.
CPAP will not work for people who can’t breathe through their nose. The device is placed near the bed on the floor and its use is not complicated at all.
Air flows into your nostrils through a mask placed over your nose and attached to your face with two straps. The mask is connected to the main device by means of a plastic air hose.
CPAP equipment isn’t something you’ll find on the shelves at your local Wal Mart, however. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor and you will need to undergo a sleep study for a specialist to determine your particular needs.
CPAP devices have come a long way in the last 25 years. They have become smaller and easier to use and there are even travel models available that are specifically made for use on airplanes. Not all airlines allow them, however so if you will be using it on a plane, check with the airline ahead of time to be sure it is allowed.
CPAP users report very high levels of success; some studies even showing that all subjects have been aided in eliminating their snoring problem.
If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you need to check with a health care professional before trying any kind of treatment. They can give you an informed opinion and help you choose the best treatment.
Author: Rudy WatkinsThis author has published 3 articles so far.