Sleep Apnea: Don’t Ignore Your Snore

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you know that there’s one way to treat this serious condition—a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. However, if you’ve spent even a little bit of time researching these machines, you’ll know that they’re extremely expensive. The machine alone typically costs $1000.00 or more, before you even purchase the rest of the equipment that you’ll need. But even if the price is no consideration, many CPAP users find them to be bulky and uncomfortable. Typical complaints include:

  • The need to use the machine every single night.
  • The bulky machine makes travel difficult, especially by air.
  • Difficulty sleeping with mask on face.
  • Difficulty sleeping with a loud machine close to the head.
  • Nasal congestion
  • Dryness in the nose and throat

While a CPAP can certainly help some patients with sleep apnea, it’s not the miracle cure that many others are searching for.

Alternative Treatments

If you don’t have the money in your budget for a CPAP machine, or if you’re one of the many who have tried it and eventually abandoned it, then there are still things that you can do to improve your sleep apnea.

One of the most effective ways to combat sleep apnea is by understanding what causes sleep apnea and then removing the offenders from your life. Here are just a few of the treatments that many chiropractors suggest for their patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea:

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  • Lose weight- the majority of sleep apnea sufferers are overweight. Losing just a few pounds can actually cure your sleep apnea, without any additional cost to you.
  • Give up smoking- Smoking is often associated with sleep apnea. Quitting isn’t just free—it actually saves you money!
  • Change positions when sleeping- Many sleep apnea patients sleep on their back; switching to your side can reduce the volume of your snoring.
  • Avoid alcohol or sleeping pills- If you’re having trouble sleeping, you may be tempted to have a drink or two to relax. Unfortunately, alcohol and sleeping pills actually make the problem worse.
  • Exercise your throat- Your chiropractor can work with you on an exercise plan that will strengthen the muscles in your throat, thereby reducing the risk of snoring.

Chiropractors are extremely helpful for patients who suffer from sleep apnea. Therapeutic adjustments and lifestyle education are two of the ways that your chiropractic team can help improve your sleep apnea, and make nighttime more pleasant for your sleeping partner. If you don’t currently have a chiropractor of your own, consider making an appointment today to see if chiropractic care can help you. Chiropractic care is an affordable, effective and safe way to manage a variety of health complaints, including sleep apnea. Contact your chiropractor today to get on the road to sleep apnea recovery.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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