The gold standard treatment for Sleep Apnoea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, usually referred to as CPAP (pronounced cee-pap).
CPAP treatment involves wearing a mask at night, connected to a small CPAP device which delivers a stream of air whilst you sleep, holding your airway open, allowing you to sleep soundly, and wake feeling refreshed.
This simple treatment restores your energy, quality of life and further reduces associated health risks. It is essential that when you start treatment, you are set up and supported by experienced practitioners in this field to ensure you get the maximum benefit from the treatment.
For milder cases of Sleep Apnoea you can make modifications and changes to your lifestyle which may alleviate some symptoms, such as:
- Weight loss - reducing weight even a small amount, can reduce the pressure on the airway at night
- Avoid alcohol - alcohol acts as a muscle relaxant and thus can affect your airway
- Stop smoking - smoking can increase severity of Sleep Apnoea
- Sleep on your side - on your back, gravity is more likely to put pressure on your airway
- Sleep with an extra pillow to relieve the pressure on your airway
For mild snoring and sleep apnoea, some sleep physicians may recommend a mandibular device (similar to a gum shield), which pulls your lower jaw forward to open the airway. You should only use these under the advice from a specialist.
Rarely, but in some cases, surgery via ENT may be appropriate, this can obviously be painful and may or may not be successful.
Treatment options should be discussed with your sleep specialist.