Snorers have a problem, they don’t know they snore. They are also unaware that they make choking sounds and stop breathing for a few seconds or minutes. If a loved one snores and exhibit these symptoms – they better don CPAP masks right away.
That Snoring Could be Dangerous
Snorers diagnosed with sleep apnea have to wear CPAP masks to get a steady stream of oxygen during sleep. During sleep, the snorer’s breathing passages are constricted or blocked; deprived of oxygen, the body responds by waking up. Repeated cycles of lack of sleep can lead to irritability, fatigue, and difficulty focusing. If left untreated, this can lead to serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. CPAP Masks
Not all snorers though have sleep apnea. If they test positive for this sleep disorder, health care providers recommend treatment that includes the use of CPAP machines which feeds oxygen to the starved passages through a length of tube attached to CPAP masks. The masks have chin straps to encourage breathing through the nose or these are either placed over the nose or mouth or both, depending on the type of sleep apnea.
If your partner is a snorer, check out if the culprit could be any of the following – heredity (narrow throat), middle-aged, allergies or sinus infections, asthma or a cold, smoking, sleeping posture, or medication and alcohol. If these are not in the book, have your partner checked for sleep apnea. The earlier treatment is sought, the better for everybody.
The Mask for Fitful Sleep
Sleep apnea treatment includes surgery, use of mouth devices or masks attached to a CPAP machine. Surgery is the least popular option because of the dangers it poses and there’s the prohibitive cost to boot; safer alternatives are the CPAP machines and the CPAP sleep masks. The two go together; patients can choose the mask that is comfortable and light-weight.
Before retiring to bed, the patient slips on the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP face mask and turns on the CPAP machine. Because the mask is light, it can be brought along during travels. High-end masks for sleep apnea are lighter but are less prone to leaks. Breathing against the mask is also easier. CPAP masks should therefore be chosen with care to get optimum satisfaction and fitful sleep.
While wearing the mask, the patient gets a steady supply of oxygen; hence, the patient gets a restful sleep and of course snores less. Please do not conclude that the mask and the machine is a perfect cure for snoring. For inveterate snorers, a change of lifestyle and sleeping posture are recommended. A medical professional will have to assess the cause of the snoring before medication or therapy is introduced.
The Snorer’s Choice
Snorers with sleep apnea are advised to check if their health insurance covers sleep apnea treatment. However, health insurance rates for sleep apnea treatment are good only for cheaper CPAP machines and CPAP masks.