If you are struggling with obstructive sleep apnea it’s necessary to diagnose the cause of your sleep apnea before a sleep apnea cure can be found. Sleep apnea is the condition during which a person stops breathing while sleeping. The pauses in breathing can happen from five to 30+ times each hour, hundreds of times every night. Each of these episodes can last a minute or more. During the apnea, the oxygen level of the blood drops to dangerous levels. It is estimated that nine percent of women and 24 percent of men have this disorder but have not been diagnosed.
The process for finding a sleep apnea cure consists of gathering data on the individual including sleep habits (ie. sleep positions), weight, neck measurements, whether or not they smoke, and ultimately having a sleep study done. The sleep study can be performed either in the comfort of your own home or in a sleep clinic or hospital where you will be required to spend the night.
It’s essential to learn the type and severity of your sleep apnea in order to determine the best sleep apnea cure from the options that are available. There are three types of sleep apnea — obstructive, central, and mixed. You could have any one of these and part of testing is finding out which one you have as well as the level of severity.