Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is the temporary closing of the upper airways during sleep. This causes snoring, stopping breathing and raised blood pressure. In turn this can lead to an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks. Partners of sufferers often require ear plugs or white noise machines to mask the snoring and help them get a good night's sleep. Find out more about our ear plugs and other products on our home page. Sufferers should consult a medical practitioner for investigation and treatment of the condition. This is in order to reduce the incidence of complications.
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea includes;
- Antisnoring pillows. These support the head, neck and jaw in a more anatomically correct position. This holds the airways open and reduces snoring and apnoea.
- Antisnoring mouthguards. These pull the lower jaw forwards, opening up the upper airways.
- CPAP. Continuous positive airways pressure holds the airways open. It uses a tight-fitting face mask and an air pump which raises the air pressure inside the airways.
- Palette surgery. Lasers are often used to reduce the amount of soft tissue at the back of the throat and the soft palette.
Consult your doctor for advice on management of OSA. Some of the treatments are available without prescription, others must be prescribed.
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