Obstructive Sleep Apnea
People who are obese, snore heavily and are unusually sleepy during the day may have obstructive. These symptoms and others, as well as testing results of lab studies done will help to determine the severity of the sleep apnea. Once you have been properly diagnosed then treatment solutions can be discussed.
If the sleep apnea condition is mild then you can begin some conservative treatment. Mild treatment might involve eliminating the use of alcohol and sedatives, making diet changes in order to lose weight and avoiding sleeping on your back.
The most effective obstructive sleep apnea treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). If you are overweight and have a thicker neck, a higher-pressure setting will be required. As you age or gain weight then more pressure will also be required.
If you have 20 or more breathing cessation episodes in an hour then you would be eligible for obstructive sleep apnea treatment. A patient that has this many episodes could eventually experience a decrease in mortality. The number of sleep apnea episodes per hour is referred to as the apnea-hypopnea index, it is also known as the respiratory disturbance index. However, if a patient with less than 20 episodes per hour is experiencing issues such as fatigue, sleepiness or serious complications such as heart failure they would also qualify for treatment.