When it comes to obstructive sleep apnea treatments, CPAP is known as the gold standard. The reason? Because people believe that its mechanism is designed to deliver oxygen to their lungs. And the obvious fact that says CPAP manufacturers dominate the “sleep apnea market.”
However, when people use it to cool down their sicknesses, they find it not that helpful. Some even have serious problems with either their machines or their facial skins. Only a small number can tolerate it.
So, the question is how to cure obstructive sleep apnea without CPAP? If that question is still your obsession then you'll feel happy because you have many of them. Let's take a closer look.
1) Alternative devices for CPAP's? What are they?
They are dental devices (oral appliances) and nasal devices.
Dental devices are used to widen your airway so increasing the amount of oxygen intake. They do so by adjusting your lower jaw to eliminate the airway blockage. Make sure to have a good contact with your doctor to forge the perfect device that fits your teeth structure.
What about nasal devices? They're like CPAP's in their mechanisms. Designed to bring in as much oxygen as possible, yet these devices do not use power sources. They use your own breath to create enough pressure to open your airway.
Interested thing is both of these devices have higher compliance rates than PAP machines!
2) Special mouth and throat exercises:
What is the main reason that makes your breathing hell while sleeping?
It's because of the soft tissues and lax muscles inside your throat. They tend to collapse together when you sleep because obstruction your airway.
These exercises will help you strengthen those muscles. By practicing some special exercises like “singing therapy” or “Didgeridoo therapy,” you will improve your condition significantly.
But these exercises are not an overnight solution. They require patient and persistence. Try to do them about 20 minutes each day in 3 months. You will see the difference!
3) Changing your sleep positions:
Perhaps the easiest way to improve your apnea condition.
When you sleep on your back, you will worsen your situation. Why? Because it will help those muscles to fall together even faster!
Try sleeping on your sides instead of on your back. The Earth's gravity will prevent that “deadly contact.” The trick is to put 3 to 4 tennis balls into a sock and pin it on your back. Then you can sleep on your side. It will prevent you from flipping up sleeping on your back.
Another simple technique is to elevate your head about 30 degrees while sleeping. By doing so, you will widen your airway so improving your breathing activity.