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What is sleep apnoea and how best to treat it

Thursday, 19 April 2012  |  Paul

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a condition where breathing during sleep is disrupted. Insufferers of sleep apnoea, breathing stops for 10 seconds or more during sleep.Frequent or loud snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnoea. Untreated sleep  apnoea can be dangerous so itis important to consult a Doctor if you think you may have the condition.Luckily there are treatment options available including CPAP (ContinuousPositive Airway Pressure) machines, one of the most widely accepted treatmentsfor sleep apnoea. We will look at the DeVilbiss Sleep CubeCPAP machine and waysyou can reduce your risk of developing sleep apnoea.

The DeVilbiss Sleep Cubeis a CPAP machinewhich is equally suitable for home use and hospital use. The DeVilbiss SleepCube CPAP machine is a motor which blows pressurised air down the nose andthroat via a mask keeping the airways open. The Sleep Cube is a fixed pressure CPAP designed totreat people suffering with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. This fixed pressure CPAPmachine is one of thequietest CPAP machines on the market and its multi-voltage capability means itcan be used almost anywhere in the world.

Obstructive SleepApnoea can occur atany age but it is more common in men who are overweight or obese. Certainfactors can increase the risk of developing sleep apnoea or make it worseincluding being overweight or obese, smoking, sleeping on your back anddrinking alcohol in the evening. Many sufferers of sleep apnoea may not beaware that they have it but there are some common symptoms to look out for suchas feeling tired during the day, morning headaches, depression and poorconcentration.

During sleep the throat musclesrelax and become floppy which in the majority of people does not affect sleep.In sufferers of Obstructive SleepApnoea the throatmuscles become too relaxed and cause narrowing or in some cases a completeblockage of the airway. A lack of oxygen causes the person to come out of deepsleep into a lighter sleep to enable them to start breathing properly again.Most people do stop breathing for a short period during the night on occasion;however sufferers of sleep apnoea have several episodes of uninterrupted sleepevery night.  

As well as the use of CPAPmachines such as theDeVilbiss Sleep Cube there are some other ways to help treat sleep apnoea.Losing weight if you are overweight or obese will help along with not drinkingalcohol for 4-6 hours before going to bed. If you are a smoker suffering withsleep apnoea then stopping smoking is the best way to treat your sleep apnoea.It is also advisable to sleep on your side or in a raised position using awedge cushion such as the Harley Bed Relaxer.

The range of DeVilbiss Sleep Cube CPAP machines and PAP machinescan be viewed at www.healthandcare.co.uk

Key product: DeVilbiss Sleep Cube CPAP machine