How To Treat Mild Sleep Apnea

Do you suspect you have mild sleep apnea? If this is the case, then there are simple ways to treat the sleeping disorder. Do not think that due to the mildness of your case, you can take the disorder for granted. Preventing intensification should be your main concern.

Despite being a mild case, there are a number of complications that can develop. In most cases, heart risks or heart disease may develop.

However, how do you determine if you have a mild case of the condition? The only way to accurately find out is through a sleep test or polysomnography.

Lab Findings

A polysomnography will gather data when you sleep. Most importantly, it will measure the amount of apneas and hypopneas you make every hour during sleep.

By definition, a hypopnea is an episode of abnormal shallow breathing or an abnormal respiratory rate. It is possible to experience hypopneas both in sleep and awake.

By definition, an apnea is a pause in breathing while asleep. The main cause for apneas is obstructions in the airways. These obstructions are usually over relaxed muscles in the airway.

The polysomnogram measures the AHI (Apnea-Hypopnea Index), which will determine the severity of the condition.

Mild Sleep Apnea By Definition

Mild cases are actually mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). After a polysomnography, the AHI ratings can be properly determined. 5 to 15 AHI per hour during sleep is considered as a mild case.

Mild cases are often not at much risk, and treatment for these cases is not too complicated. However, it is important to have immediate treatment to prevent the possibility of the condition getting much worse.

Possible Treatments

In mild cases, less complicated treatments are recommended by physicians. In most cases, oral appliances (Dental Mouthpiece) are prescribed. In some cases, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is required.

If you plan to use these options, there are a couple of side effects that you should be ready for.

Here are those side effects:

Oral Appliance

  • Discomfort
  • Excess saliva production
  • Tooth aches
  • Pain in the jaw

CPAP

  • Discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Skin rashes
  • Nasal congestion

If you do not want to deal with these side effects, there are alternatives. These alternatives are safe and do not come with risks and discomfort.

Here are those alternatives:

Lifestyle Change

  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Avoiding certain medication
  • Exercise
  • Proper diet

Blowing On A Didgeridoo

  • Fun
  • Strengthens the airway muscles

Singing

  • Fun
  • Strengthens the airway muscles

Taking your mild sleep apnea for granted will raise the risk of the condition getting worse and will open the doors to other complications. You do not want to take this risk.

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