CPAP Alternative

CPAP Alternative
There are now some alternatives for sleep apnea sufferers who are using a CPAP machine. With the high percentage rate of cpap intolerance, many people have searched for an alternative to the cpap. The cpap machine can be very expensive, difficult to use and also quite uncomfortable, not to mention putting up a barrier between the user and their bed partner.  Many also have experienced side effects from the CPAP machine including sore throat or very dry throat upon waking.  Below are some viable options to consider, of course with the permission of your sleep professional.

The Mandibular Advancement Device

This is particularly helpful for individuals who are overweight.  It is as its name implies, a device.  It is placed in the mouth each night upon retiring.  The job of the Mandibular Advancement Device is to help reposition the jaw and tongue and relieve the pressure that is in the back of the throat.  These work best for individuals who have mild to moderate degrees of sleep apnea and have become popular CPAP alternatives.  If the individual is overweight, this is especially helpful, and can usually be worn just until the weight is lost and then sleep with no intervention is possible and comfortable once again.

BiPAP

BiPAP stands for Bi-level positive airway pressure and have particularly helped individuals also suffering from asthma or COPD.  It certainly does not work for everyone so consult your sleep specialist.  It can be a great CPAP alternative to receive these two levels of pressure because it creates easier inhalation for the sufferer.

Sleep Positioning

Although this sounds simple, it is a viable CPAP alternative for some individuals.  There are many devices that can be purchased on today’s market that will put your body in the correct position for clear breathing, and keep the airways free.  To begin with, consider the wedge shaped pillow and put it under your body.  There is also a Snoreezzz pillow which is quite firm but topped with a softer pillow.  The firmness supports the neck and keeps the throat unobstructed.  Also you may consider some nasal devices designed for sleeping and placing over the nose to help with nasal resistance.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy can sometimes be very effective, but is not used that often with sleep apnea sufferers.  The great news is that there are no side effects or medications and it is completely natural.  Different therapists will try different techniques to assist you in opening your airways.  Watch out you may even be asked to sing and will go home with homework exercises that need to be done daily!  As with any CPAP alternative, consult your sleep specialist first.


 
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