CPAP Side Effects – Why CPAP May Not Be Your Best Sleep Apnea Treatment Option

CPAP hose lift systemA variety of different CPAP side effects mean CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) isn’t always your best sleep apnea treatment option. Although CPAP is the most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea, a host of problems make it a poor choice for many people.

Unfortunately, CPAP is often the only option provided to people suffering from sleep apnea.  It is thought of as the one and only cure.

This narrowed view of thinking is due to a couple of key factors.  First, many doctors are not familiar with or experienced in dealing with CPAP alternatives and, secondly, pressure from insurance companies keeps doctors from prescribing other treatments and keeps patients from seeking out alternative solutions.

Independent sleep apnea researcher and best selling author, Marc MacDonald, discusses alternative cures for sleep apnea in his downloadable ebook, “Cure Your Sleep Apnea Without CPAP”.  With each treatment method, Marc discusses real life case studies of people who have cured sleep apnea without CPAP.

It is important to point out that CPAP is an excellent obstructive sleep apnea cure in many cases.  It continues to help thousands of people around the world deal with sleep apnea symptoms in route to getting a good night’s sleep and eliminating daytime fatigue.  However, it’s not the only sleep apnea solution and it simply doesn’t work for some people because of its many drawbacks. Read the rest of this entry

CPAP Masks For Side Sleepers – What You Should Know

Finding CPAP masks for side sleepers can be a difficult task for many sleep apnea sufferers. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) as a sleep apnea treatment has many problems, and one of the biggest complaints patients have is they simply can’t get comfortable or used to wearing a cpap mask.

This can be caused due to the way the mask fits, irritations it might cause while sleeping, and constraints the mask puts on finding a comfortable sleeping position. This problem is even more troublesome for people who sleep on their sides since many masks aren’t made to accommodate this type of sleeping position.

When CPAP is ineffective or simply isn’t an option, CPAP alternatives can and should be sought. Many people don’t realize sleep apnea treatments outside of CPAP and surgery do exist and can be highly effective. Marc MacDonald explores CPAP alternatives in, “Cure Your Sleep Apnea Without CPAP”.

Sleep apnea CPAP maskMany new CPAP users have no idea where to start to find a good mask, and even experienced CPAP users may struggle for months to find a mask that fits properly, doesn’t leak, doesn’t cause irritation, and allows them to sleep on their side if they’re used to doing so. Choosing the right CPAP mask becomes more important and more of a dilemma when you consider they usually can’t be returned once opened due to sanitation and hygiene issues. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Treatment – Is CPAP Your Only Option?

Sleep apnea treatment is a topic of much controversy.  However, before treatment methods can be understood it is important to first understand exactly what sleep apnea is.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea Treatment GuideSleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that affects as many as 1 in 15 Americans and millions of people worldwide according to a 1993 study by the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort.  It is characterized by interruptions in breathing and/or episodes of very shallow breathing during sleep.

Often due to mechanical blockages in the windpipe and sometimes due to neurological disorders, each pause in breathing (referred to as an apnea)  can last from a few seconds to a few minutes.  These interruptions in breathing can occur 30 times or more per hour and hundreds of times per night.

Sleep apnea is generally a chronic condition when not treated and often disrupts sleep nightly.  Each time breathing is interrupted, a person must wake up enough for the muscles of the windpipe to contract and resume breathing.  Many people wake gasping for air or with a loud snort and/or choking sound. Read the rest of this entry