Treatment options for sleep disorders vary and include lifestyle changes to reduce symptoms, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), medication or natural sleep aides, oral appliances, or surgery to remove, shrink, or stiffen throat tissue.
Some people may think of a sleep disorder as a minor health issue and decide not to use recommended treatments. But it is not a minor health issue. Untreated sleep disorders can increase the risk of developing serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, stroke, and increased risk of complications after surgery.
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) uses a machine to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway does not collapse when you breathe in.
Some people may need medicine for a while to help them fall asleep. Doctors often prescribe medicine for a short time if other treatment isn't working.
Positive thinking, or healthy thinking, is a way to help you stay well or cope with a health problem by changing how you think. It is based on research that shows that you can change how you think.
Several oral devices have been tested to treat people with snoring, including a tongue-retaining device that is worn while sleeping. It pushes the tongue and jaw forward, improving airflow.
Surgery for snoring is rarely used and only considered in cases of very severe snoring when other treatments have failed.
For more information about common treatments for sleep disorders, please call our Sleep Center at (435) 716-5709.