Last updated on March 6th, 2023 at 10:12 am
Can Sleep Apnoea be cured naturally?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders affecting millions of people worldwide.
Around 85% of sufferers don’t know they have OSA, labelling it as chronic snoring, constant tiredness or mood swings. The symptoms of OSA can make getting a good night’s sleep seem impossible.
So, does Sleep Apnoea ever go away? Unfortunately, it can’t be cured, but it can be treated.
This article will examine why Sleep Apnoea is destructive and how you can treat it.
What can happen if Sleep Apnoea goes untreated?
Research has found that untreated Sleep Apnoea is related to several other serious and deadly health conditions.
When the body is starved of oxygen, it becomes stressed and moves into fight or flight mode. Sleep deprivation causes the heart to work harder.
When you do not treat your sleep disorder, you are not only putting yourself at risk of sleepiness, headaches and mental health complications.
You also put yourself at risk of developing the following:
Type 2 diabetes – Untreated OSA can increase your blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of diabetes. Studies found that those with Sleep Apnoea are at double the risk of diabetes.
Cardiovascular complications – The heart is stressed when Sleep Apnoea is untreated, making it beat faster. Studies have found that untreated OSA puts you at an increased risk of a stroke by 2-3 times and an increased risk of a heart attack by 30%. Another study found that around 60% of people with heart failure had OSA. And patients have four times the risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
High blood pressure – Also known as hypertension, strains the cardiovascular system (blood circulatory system). Hypertension affects around 30-40% of Sleep Apnoea patients. The untreated breathing pauses caused by OSA make sufferers’ blood pressure dip below 10%.
Car accidents – Daytime sleepiness is a sign of Sleep Apnoea, making concentrating difficult. Driving without treatment for your sleep disorder puts you and those around you at risk. Road accidents are not uncommon for those with OSA; falling asleep at the wheel is serious and life-threatening. Driving fatigue causes around 10-20% of road crashes; take an In-Home Sleep Test if you could have OSA.
Untreated Sleep Apnoea life expectancy
Living with untreated Sleep Apnoea can decrease your life expectancy due to the increased chance of developing other health complications. When Sleep Apnoea is left untreated, it can reduce your life expectancy by 17%. A study found that 40% of deaths in those with untreated severe Sleep Apnoea were due to cardiovascular disease. Untreated OSA means you risk a three times higher chance of early death.
Can you die from Sleep Apnoea?
You can die from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea when it goes untreated.
Death and untreated OSA are closely linked; the severe complications that can develop from leaving the sleep disorder untreated can kill you.
Sleep Apnoea is when your airway becomes obstructed when you sleep, making it difficult to breathe. Sufferers commonly wake up choking, gasping or snorting as their body fights for oxygen.
People with severe OSA can have more than 40 breathing pauses every hour at night. Consistent oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) can influence the development of other complications, increasing the mortality risk.
Around 10 million people in the UK alone suffer from Sleep Apnoea.
What are the warning signs of Sleep Apnoea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea may have never crossed your mind, but the symptoms may sound familiar. These include:
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Mood swings and mental health problems
- A low sex drive
- Choking during sleep
- Poor memory
- Waking up frequently during the night
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
If you experience some or all of these symptoms, you could have OSA. To find out, take a sleep test or sleep study.
They both work the same way, but a private Sleep Apnoea test gives you results in 7 to 10 days. Your results are private to you, and we support you throughout the process.
How long does it take for Sleep Apnoea treatment to work?
But there’s no need to worry; treatment options are available. CPAP therapy is the most widely used, successful treatment method.
Treating OSA helps sufferers avoid the risk of developing complications and a reduced lifespan.
Please be aware that treatment for Sleep Apnoea does not cure the disorder; it only helps manage it.
What is CPAP therapy?
CPAP therapy includes a CPAP machine that provides a continuous flow of pressurised air to keep the airway open. The pressurised air is delivered to the user through a tube to a CPAP mask. The machine helps to prevent breathing pauses and lower the apnoea hypopnoea index.
A study of 88,000 people found that using a CPAP machine significantly reduced the risk of all-cause mortality.
To purchase or receive a CPAP machine from the NHS, you will need to have documentation stating you have Sleep Apnoea.
Related post: What is a CPAP machine does, and how does it work?
What is a lifestyle change that can help treat Sleep Apnoea?
Treatment and lifestyle changes can eliminate all the symptoms of Sleep Apnoea so you can lead a happy and healthy life.
Lifestyle changes that can help include:
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
- Consuming less alcohol
- Treating allergies and congestion to keep the nasal passages open, you could try the SinuPulse Elite Nasal Irrigator.
- Changing your sleeping position, e.g. sleeping on your side.
- Regularly exercising
Are there alternatives to CPAP?
How your sleeping position affects your sleep
OSA can’t be cured, but there are many effective treatment options.
If you show signs of Sleep Apnoea, take an In-Home Sleep Apnoea test to determine if you have the disorder.
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