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Exercises For Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea means that a person stops breathing for a while during their sleep. They may just start breathing again or they may make a loud snore. They may or may not wake at this time but the quality of their sleep is affected and they may be tired the next day. This can lead to accidents, especially if driving or operating machinery. The snoring or sudden movement when starting breathing again may also disturb their sleeping partner. There can be many health issues with sleep apnea.

Can Sleep Apnea Be Treated?

Behavioral changes can be used to help with sleep apnea, such as getting the person to sleep in a different position, for instance on their side, instead of on their back which is when sleep obstruction of the airway usually occurs. Weight loss can also help, which may mean a change of diet and lifestyle, including drinking less alcohol.

There are dental appliances available for mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea. These hold the jaw and tongue forward during sleep which prevents the airway collapsing and preventing air flow.

CPAP masks, that are worn in bed, provide warm moist air. These machines are light. Most people quickly get used to wearing the mask in bed and to the noise the machine makes.

There are surgical options available.

Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea

People who suffer from sleep apnea and who do not treat it may be more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and even sudden death.

Exercises For Sleep Apnea

There has been some medical research into exercise options for sleep apnea and these have shown promising results. You can see a short video on this .


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VinceSummers wrote on April 3, 2019, 9:03 PM

I'll watch the video. Thanks.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 4, 2019, 9:34 AM

Thank you for the video link. I will look at it now.