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Do Sleep Apnea Pillows Work
Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more
Cervical pillows: It depends upon the body position that causes the most apneas. For many people, sleeping on their backs allows their jaws and tongue to drop back as gravity takes over the relaxed muscles and cause a blockage of the airway- often noted with snoring. So while the pillow may provide cervical support, it might better be used by lying on one's side, if that is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?
Varies: Mild to moderate sleep apnea (less than 30 events per hour) seem to respond the best to oral appliance therapy, but I have treated many severe apnics that cannot tolerate a CPAP with great success. Literature is showing more and more success with higher compliance of oral devices. They must be custom fitted and adjustable for best results. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: Body weight is but one risk factor for sleep apnea. A significant number of people with sleep apnea have a normal bmi. The risk of sleep apnea increases with age regardless of weight. In brief, your chances are better if you stay slim, but you are far from certain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually effective: Like all medications Provigil (modafinil) works better for some people than it does for others, and there are some people for whom it may not work at all. However, in my experience, it has been a highly effective medication for most people with excessive fatigue. It is indicated for excessive sleepiness caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and shift work, but it is used off label in many ways. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Always tired even when I get enough sleep.tried pills to help wake up and don't work. It's getting worse, did sleep study nd don't have sleep apnea.
I have severe sleep apnea and have a cpap machine.It used to work great buy now if I start it I feel like I'm suffocating.Can I change settings legall?
I suffer with chronic insomnia and sleep apnea. I've taken different medications for depression, anxiety and sleep many years. Medications aren't work?
Difficulty falling: asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. A clinical psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. ...Read more
Insomnia for a year , tried herbal medicine and other medications . Nothing works . No sleep apnea , normal lft, please help?
Have them: Check for upper airway resistance syndrome. In most cases this has been missed in diagnosis since the ahi on sleep test come normal and the oxygen saturation also in normal level. The best indication for that have them check your odi and compare that wit your ahi. If the odi is elevated more than 2x of ahi his may indication of upper airway resistance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had massive dental work..Lots of bridges, etc. After a car accident in2008. Everything was tight and right.I started a sleep apnea machine last?
Careful: Some people with sleep apnea may have dry mouth which often leads to significant decay. Make sure you drink plenty of water and talk to your dentist about constructing soft easy to wear trays that you can fill with Fluoride or mi paste to protect your remaining tooth structure from rampant decay. With extensive dentistry you should see your dentist- 4 or more times per year, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have sleep apnea. Cpap reduced ahi to below 1. Still tired. What tests rec. Before stimulating meds? Any stimulants not raise bp? Hard to focus@work
A few rule out tests: I would suggest keeping a sleep diary of how much sleep you get for 2 weeks, repeating the sleep study with your CPAP on then performing a mwt (maintenance of wakefulness test). This will determine if you're getting enough quantity of sleep. You should also have blood work done that rules out hypothyroidism, anemia, kidney or liver disease. Consult with your doctor and sleep specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr black recommended provent for sleep apnea. Does this work during the day also? When pull up my forehead, it seems to help tighten the nasal passage
Sleep apnea : Proventil is albuterol which is used for the treatment of reactive airway disease and asthma. Sleep apnea is a mechanical obstruction and either requires a CPAP mask, tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy, or weight loss to cure. Proventil would not likely help with sleep apnea at all in my opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tired all the time i don't have sleep apnea been checked doc did blood work normal what cold it be maybe depression ?
Wake up with eyes tired and kinda burning sensation. Drive to work i feel like dozing off even on way home bwsides sleep apnea any idea what could be?
Burning eyes: Burning eyes is most often due to a dry tear film unless you are exposed to chemicals or have allergies. What is your lunch diet like. Avoid carbs will prevent dip in sugar during pm driving. See firstname.lastname@example.org for anti-inflammatory diet or consult with us for more info. ...Read more
My hubby always congested, uses nasal spray nightly despite the directions! snores very loudly due to sleep apnea, cpap didn't work for him. Advice?
Needs an ENT eval: Before any type of treatment with a mandibular advancement device or other oral appliance he must see an ENT doctor and get off his decongestant nasal sprays. Frequently just improving nasal airflow can improve snoring and airway symptoms. Once he can breath through his nose again then nasal CPAP may be much more successful. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?
Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more
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