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Sleep Apnea Therapy 101

Recently my mother has come to me in need of some advice. Recently her husband, my father, has been snoring louder and louder, and my mother is concerned for his health as well as her own comfort in her bed. She knows a couple of friends that suffer from sleep apnea, and she wants my father to get some treatment, but he is too stubborn to go to a doctor. She asked me to do some research on sleep apnea, its symptoms, and possible treatments. During my research, I found a website for Silent Night Therapy, which provides diagnosis and treatment options for sleeping conditions like sleep apnea.

On their website, I learned that an increase in snoring is not necessarily related to aging as many people think and that this common misconception can mask serious issues related to our health that can have serious consequences on our lives as we age. Increased snoring does not necessarily mean a person has sleep apnea, but it is a key indicator for diagnosing sleep apnea, which can be a serious detriment to your health and becomes more common the older you get because the muscle tone in your nose and throat weakens as you get older.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that should be treated once diagnosed. This condition reduces the amount of air that gets to your lungs while you are sleeping which lowers the oxygen levels in the blood and can lead to you waking up in or being restless throughout the night. These symptoms are just the beginning. Sleep apnea can sometimes have more serious consequences. It can cause depression, anxiety, teeth grinding, heartburn, tiredness, insomnia, and even increased cognitive difficulties. Sleep apnea has also been linked to several health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes and can contribute to heart attacks and strokes, which can kill you.

Reading all of this information about sleep apnea has convinced me that my father needs to see somebody about his potential sleep apnea. I learned that there are new treatments that resulted from scientific research that make sleep apnea more treatable than ever before. Sometimes all you need to do is improve your general health by improving your diet, exercising, relieving allergies, but there are other methods as well. There are sleep specialists now that can help you find a more involved solution. There are devices that you can use while you sleep to keep your airways open. There is also positional therapy that helps you find a sleeping position that is both conducive to free breathing and comfortable to sleep in. Finally, there is continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP therapy that can treat sleep apnea as well.

After reading about sleep apnea and its consequences, I will definitely work with my mother to convince my father to seek a diagnosis and then treatment if he is diagnosed with sleep apnea. I am concerned for his health and want him to be around for the long haul, so he needs to treat sleep apnea if he has it.

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