Heavy snoring and daytime sleepiness are common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Research shows that sleep apnoea is linked to an increase in your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. The routine answer to OSA use to be Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP).
CPAP treatment uses air pumped into a mask over the sufferer’s nose and mouth to keep your airways open and prevent hypoxia.
Hypoxia (insufficient oxygen in your blood) is heavily implicated in increasing your risk of serious diseases.
New Treatment into CPAP Treatment and Heart Disease
New research indicates that CPAP treatment can also reduce your risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, but only if you suffer the discomforts typical of mask wearing for 8 hours a night.
Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia showed that symptoms of OSA were alleviated by 4 hours of nightly CPAP treatment. The reduction of cardiovascular risk was no better than that of other therapies such as blood pressure lowering and blood-thinning drugs.
Patients who wore their CPAP masks for more than 4 hours showed a more significant decrease in risk of heart attack and stroke – a result in agreement with recent work published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Discomfort and Inconvenience A Cause of Early CPAP Treatment Abandonment
Most CPAP providers recommend treatment of between 7 and 8 hours each night for maximum effectiveness.
Some CPAP users report that soreness caused by the rubbing of the mask and dehydration from the pressurised air-flow forces them to abandon its use after less than 4 hours. Sleep partners too, may complain of the noise made by the CPAP pump and the inconvenience of housing the equipment in the bedroom.
Keeping your airways open and your breathing easy for more than 4 hours a night is most likely to ease the symptoms of your OSA and benefit the health of your heart.
Oral Device Comfort Could Help You Manage Your Sleep Disordered Breathing
If you’re finding it difficult to cope with the discomfort or noise of your CPAP equipment for more than 4 hours, then an OSA relieving oral device could help.
The Snoreeze Oral Device is an adjustable, reusable device which will provide relief from your snoring, reducing the risk of health issues.
Fit the Snoreeze Oral Device as quickly and simply as a sports gum shield. The fully adjustable device gently supports your jaw as you sleep keeping your airways open, helping to reduce your heavy snoring, avoiding sleep related oxygen starvation and therefore lowering the risk to your heart.
If you think a Snoreeze Oral Device will assist you in addition to the CPAP machine, we would recommend you go and talk to your Doctor initially.
*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.