Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment & Tips

Sleep apnea is a disorder that pauses your breathing cycle during sleep. The brain, in order to adjust to the deficiency of breath, wakes us up, preventing us from a healthy sleep. This disorder is known as sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea can lead to various other health complications such as Diabetes, cardiovascular disorder, potential Alzheimer's, and many others.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment and tips can help you get a better night of sleep. By understanding your condition, you take the first step toward treating OSA.

On this page, we have laid down some of the most alarming issues/complications/diseases pertaining to obstructive sleep apnea. Scroll down for more information on Sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Tips and Tricks

In this section, we list simple sleep apnea tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your lifestyle for a better sleep every night. By introducing small changes to your sleep apnea treatment, you may experience better sleep and be more alert during the day.

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    CPAP Therapy Increases Adult Physical Activity

    November 15, 2023
    CPAP therapy does more than help patients manage sleep disorders, it can impact personal health overall. Research reveals that sleep apnea patients using CPAP therapy experienced boosts in physical activity. 1 As more research is conducted, the benefits of CPAP therapy are showing more value to health than just improving sleep.  How CPAP Benefits Go Beyond Better Slee...
  • The Best CPAP Masks of 2023

    The Best CPAP Masks of November 2023

    November 6, 2023

    CPAP masks are always a personal choice for CPAP users. Finding the perfect fit and type can be a trial-and-error process. We have tried to streamline selecting a CPAP Mask in 2023 by compiling some of the best masks available based on our experts, reviewers, and ratings, so finding your ideal CPAP mask is easier. Check out our list below of the best CPAP Masks of 2023.

  • Best CPAP Machines Of 2023

    Best CPAP Machines Of November 2023

    November 6, 2023

    There are a lot of factors that go into selecting a CPAP machine for your therapy needs. Our experts have reviewed some of the top-rated CPAP machines and their features and benefits to help make it easier to choose a CPAP machine that’s right for you. Here are the best CPAP Machines of 2023.

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    Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma

    November 1, 2023
    This post was originally posted on September 10, 2013, and updated on July 15, 2022. With a significant percentage of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients suffering from some forms of glaucoma, researchers have begun to study the relationships between the two conditions over the last several years. For OSA patients that are also living with glaucoma, the questions regarding the effects of...
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    What Happens When You Stop Breathing In Your Sleep?

    October 25, 2023

    Sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing while you sleep. When this type of episode occurs the muscles in the back of the throat relax, allowing the airway to close. Once the airway is closed, breathing ceases. Carbon dioxide builds up and oxygen levels in the blood drop. Your brain recognizes the danger and wakes you up from sleep to start breathing again.  

  • Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

    Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

    October 16, 2023
    While CPAP therapy remains the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea, there are other methods for managing this common sleep disorder. Positional sleep therapy is an easy way to help improve your sleep and reduce the frequency of apneas throughout the night. Positional therapy may even eliminate the need for CPAP entirely. What is Positional Sleep Therapy? To understand ...
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    Resvent iBreeze™ APAP Machine Review

    October 16, 2023
    Continuing improvements in APAP machine design have led to the innovative and feature-rich, Resvent iBreeze™. The iBreeze makes it easier than ever for new CPAP patients to adjust to therapy. The smart technology of the iBreeze also helps make humidification more dynamic, helps prevent leaks, and also captures critical sleep data for you and your doctor to review from your device. T...
  • Can Weight Loss Cure Sleep Apnea?

    Can Weight Loss Cure Sleep Apnea?

    September 20, 2023

    Is weight loss is the best way to lessen – or even cure – people's sleep apnea? Patients have heard from their doctors that a relationship exists between weight and the severity of sleep apnea. It is said that being overweight or obese can cause or make sleep apnea worse. Patients also seem to think that simply losing weight can improve sleep apnea and its symptoms.

  • Can Using a CPAP Machine Cause Sinus Problems?

    Can Using a CPAP Machine Cause Sinus Problems?

    August 29, 2023

    Many new CPAP users may experience nasal congestion or sinus infections. While using a CPAP machine does not cause sinus problems, sleep apnea and your sinuses both impact the quality of your sleep. What is Sinusitis? Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, is an inflammation of the lining of the sinus tissue. Your sinuses are located on the forehead and on each cheek. When they become obstructed....

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    Learn How to Sleep Better

    August 2, 2023

    Sleep. So much of it is a mystery: Why must we have it? What makes us do it? Do we enter a different world during sleep? But there’s one thing we know for certain about sleep: sleep is necessary for humans to function properly. Troubled sleep patterns or an overall lack of sleep can cause serious health problems within our bodies. If you’re one of the millions of people with sleep issues....

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    CPAP And Dry Eyes: Prevention And Treatment

    July 25, 2023

    Dry eye is a condition in which your eyes do not produce enough tears to keep eyes moist. Dry eye can be temporary due to dry weather conditions and environmental factors, or become a consistent health problem in some individuals. 

  • Can CPAP Cause Pneumonia?

    Can CPAP Cause Pneumonia?

    July 17, 2023

    The last thing that anyone with sleep apnea needs is to compound their condition with respiratory distress such as through the development of pneumonia. While studies show evidence that people with sleep apnea are potentially more vulnerable to developing pneumonia, there are ways to decrease that risk for CPAP machine users.

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    What Causes Dry Mouth And Sore Throat?

    July 17, 2023
    This post was originally posted on May 5, 2020, and updated on July 15, 2022. While are there many health benefits to staying CPAP compliant, including better sleep, there may also be some side effects with CPAP therapy. It is not uncommon for CPAP patients to experience dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning after a night of CPAP therapy, especially if they use their CPAP machine every ...
  • Best Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks of 2022

    Best Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks of 2023

    July 10, 2023

    Nasal pillow CPAP masks are popular among CPAP patients as a preferred option over full face masks. That's because of their lightweight design, unobtrusive view, and quiet performance. Nasal pillow CPAP masks are ideal for users who breathe through their nose or use a CPAP chinstrap. This type of mask also reduces the chances of masks leaks because it provides air directly into the nostrils. 

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    How Are Parkinson’s And Sleep Apnea Related?

    June 28, 2023
    There may be a link between sleep apnea and Parkinson’s disease. The impact of poor sleep on brain tissue over time may contribute to the early stages of the degenerative condition. Getting a good night’s rest is essential for brain well-being. That means sleep disorders need to be taken seriously to ensure future brain health. What is Parkinson's Disease? Parkinson’s disease is a de...
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    How Do Phones Affect Sleep And Disrupt Healthy Living?

    June 21, 2023

    Humans have a circadian rhythm built in. Our circadian rhythm is tuned to relax or become energetic based on the natural light from the sky (the sun vs the moon and stars). In our age of digital and artificial lights, however, the circadian rhythm frequently gets interrupted. Lights from phones and computers are considerably less bright than the sun but considerably brighter than the moon and ...

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    Are Diet And Exercise Effective In Reducing Sleep Apnea?

    June 14, 2023

    One of the difficult aspects of being afflicted with sleep apnea is maintaining a healthy lifestyle while still dealing with the effects of the disorder. Multiple studies suggest that sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing various ailments including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, just to name a few. One way to lessen the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms while p...

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    How Does Sleep Apnea Cause Memory Loss?

    June 7, 2023

    Recent studies have shown that treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can help improve memory in older patients experiencing cognitive decline due to dementia.1 While sleep loss is one of the symptoms of dementia in some patients, the increasing decline of brain health from sleep deprivation may worsen the symptoms of dementia, creating a viscous cycle that accelerates overall cognitive degradation...

  • Relation Between Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s

    Relation Between Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s

    May 24, 2023

    Sleep plays a vital role not only in our physical health but our mental health as well. Specifically, quality sleep is important for cognitive function and long-term memory. Perhaps that is why it comes as no surprise that some research suggests a link between sleep orders such as obstructive sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s. 

  • How Are Sleep Apnea And Depression Related?

    How Are Sleep Apnea And Depression Related?

    May 17, 2023

    There are many studies about the link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and multiple other negative physical afflictions. These illnesses include diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. It is also a consequential link to stroke, heart attack, and, most recently, cancer.  In general, people with sleep apnea who either do not have a diagnosis or are non-compliant are at greater.

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    Relation Between Alcohol And Sleep Apnea

    May 10, 2023
    This post was originally posted on October 13,2021, and updated on January 19, 2022. While alcohol seems like an ideal aid for falling asleep, it actually inhibits healthy sleep and may induce sleep disorders like sleep apnea. The different stages of sleep are important for getting the rest you need to recharge your mind and body. These phases of sleep can be disrupted by alcohol use. ...
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    Sleep Apnea and Anesthesia - What You Need To Know Before Surgery With Sleep Apnea

    April 26, 2023

    If surgery is necessary for a person’s life, having surgery while also having sleep apnea, is doable with some extra precaution. There may be some special care when dealing with anesthesia, from preparation to after the surgery is concluded. Medical professionals have known for quite some time that patients with sleep apnea were at an increased risk of developing complications after operations.

  • What is CPAP Titration?

    What is CPAP Titration?

    April 12, 2023
    Apnea events occur at different intervals and levels of severity for every person with OSA. Throughout their lives, CPAP machine users will need to have follow-up titration conducted during their sleep study in order to make adjustments. This is the process of checking and adjusting the air pressure for the patient to ensure that it is optimized to eliminate the apneic events during the night....
  • Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

    Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

    March 17, 2023
    Getting a good night’s rest is just important as diet and exercise in maintaining health. Poor sleep can impact the health of the cardiovascular system. Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea increase the risk of heart failure by 140 percent, the risk of stroke by 60 percent, and the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 percent.1 Patients with heart problems may not realize th...
  •  How Untreated Sleep Apnea Impacts Life Expectancy

    How Untreated Sleep Apnea Impacts Life Expectancy

    March 8, 2023

    Sleep apnea is a widespread sleep condition and occurs when people repeatedly start and stop breathing frequently throughout the night while they are sleeping. Because it is an illness that occurs during sleep, many people do not even know they have it, and it could go undiagnosed their whole life. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea is very harmful, and can certainly lead to shortened life expectancy.  

  • Is Tinnitus and Hearing Loss Linked to Sleep Apnea?

    Is Tinnitus and Hearing Loss Linked to Sleep Apnea?

    March 1, 2023

    Due to its systemic and chronic nature, the potential list of possible sleep apnea side effects appears to be growing as a recent study shows evidence of a link between sleep apnea and hearing loss. The study found that sleep apnea was associated with hearing impairment at both high and low frequencies. That finding held true even after the researchers adjusted the data for other possible causes of hearing loss.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Elderly 

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Elderly 

    December 7, 2022

    Getting older means an increased likelihood of sleep apnea. In general, sleep can become more difficult with age and sleep apnea becomes a common sleep disorder, affecting nearly 20% of older adults. As we get older, muscles weaken, including airway muscles, which makes seniors more likely to experience sleep apnea. 

  • How to Sleep Better While on CPAP Therapy

    How to Sleep Better While on CPAP Therapy

    November 30, 2022

    What Is CPAP Therapy? Even if you are on CPAP therapy, there are other things you can do to help make your evening conducive to a better night’s sleep and your sleep more comfortable. The study of sleep has been expanding rapidly, leading to much new research and innovative products that are available to help get you the sleep you deserve. 

  • ResMed AirSense Auto CPAP Machine Comparison

    ResMed AirSense Auto CPAP Machine Comparison

    November 23, 2022

    ResMed is one of the leading manufacturers of auto CPAP machines. Among their offering is the distinctive and popular AirSense line of machines. You can choose between the ResMed AirSense 11, AirSense 10, or the AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud (CTC). Each machine provides different features and benefits to CPAP patients. So when selecting a ResMed AirSense machine, be sure to compare the different ones.

  • ResMed AirSense 11 vs 3B Medical Luna G3 Comparison

    ResMed AirSense 11 vs 3B Medical Luna G3 Comparison

    November 2, 2022

    Two highly preferred CPAP machines on the market today include the ResMed AirSense 11 and the 3B Medical Luna G3. The ResMed AirSense 11 offers all the benefits of an auto-adjusting CPAP. And the 3B Medical provides useful and innovative comfort features and settings. So which one is best for you? We have done a comprehensive comparison of the benefits and features of both machines to help you. 

  • ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask Review

    ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask Review

    October 25, 2022

    The ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask offers more flexibility and less noise than many competing nasal mask brands. The groundbreaking tube design frees up hose movement and the QuietAir Vent Technology offers 57% quieter performance than the original cushions. 

  • 3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP Machine Review 

    3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP Machine Review 

    October 18, 2022

    The 3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP Machine is powerful, effective, and user-friendly. The lighter design and added comfort features of the 3B Medical Luna G3 make this CPAP machine the ideal choice for anyone just starting CPAP therapy or switching from a different CPAP machine.

  • What is Mediterranean Diet and Can it Help with CPAP Therapy?

    What is Mediterranean Diet and Can it Help with CPAP Therapy?

    September 28, 2022

    The Mediterranean diet is a constant topic in the press as everyone including health professionals touts its health benefits. The diet has been effective at reducing many illnesses. This includes risks of heart disease and several cancers including Parkinson’s a...

  • Premature Infant CPAP Masks

    Premature Infant CPAP Masks

    September 28, 2022

    The use of CPAP masks and various forms of CPAP therapy delivery is becoming the accepted practice in pediatric medicine. This is particularly true with preterm infants with some form of respiratory disorder, which is a fairly common problem. 

  • AirMini Travel CPAP vs Transcend Micro CPAP - Comparison

    AirMini Travel CPAP vs Transcend Micro CPAP - Comparison

    September 27, 2022

    AirMini Travel CPAP – Features  The functionalities and features of the ResMed AirMini Travel CPAP are relatively the same as the AirSense 10 Auto CPAP machine, but smaller and more compact for travelers. The minimized design makes it easy for users to carry it on long-distance flights, camping trips, cruises, and road trips.

  • ResMed AirSense 11 vs AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud CPAP Machines – Comparison

    ResMed AirSense 11 vs AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud CPAP Machines – Comparison

    August 31, 2022

    As a leading manufacturer of CPAP machines, ResMed offers a variety of CPAP machine options for CPAP users. The ResMed AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud (CTC) and the ResMed AirSense 11 are two machines commonly selected by CPAP patients. That's because they both provide excellent performance and comfort.

  • Can I Use Acetazolamide As CPAP Therapy Medicine?

    Can I Use Acetazolamide As CPAP Therapy Medicine?

    August 29, 2022
    This post was originally published on February 13, 2013, but updated on August 29, 2022. While CPAP therapy is the go-to approach for managing obstructive sleep apnea, other types of sleep apnea may require alternate treatment. Medications including Acetazolamide have shown to help patients with central sleep apnea and possibly in some instances obstructive sleep apnea. Before starting ...
  • ResMed AirMini Auto Travel CPAP Troubleshooting Guide

    ResMed AirMini Auto Travel CPAP Troubleshooting Guide

    August 18, 2022

    The ResMed AirMini Auto Travel CPAP provides essential therapy for patients with sleep apnea on the go. The ResMed AirMini is a user-friendly travel CPAP machine with features for enhancing sleep comfort while away from home. 

  • What is an APAP Machine?

    What is an APAP Machine?

    August 11, 2022

    Automatic positive airway pressure, APAP, is one of the three main forms of positive airway pressure or PAP therapy. APAP automatically adjusts to meet each specific person’s breathing needs, which often change throughout the night as we move in and out of different stages of sleep.

  • Transcend Micro Auto Travel CPAP Machine Review

    Transcend Micro Auto Travel CPAP Machine Review

    August 4, 2022

    Taking CPAP therapy on the road is easier than ever with the Transcend Micro Auto Travel CPAP Machine. It is the smallest and lightest CPAP devices available on the market – weighing under 0.5 lbs. and measuring less than 4 inches. This micro CPAP machine is easy to pack or even drop in your pocket. It was designed in this compact size to be portable and convenient to use.

  • 3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP & APAP Troubleshooting Guide

    3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP & APAP Troubleshooting Guide

    August 2, 2022

    The 3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP & APAP provide essential therapy for patients with sleep apnea. The G3 CPAP is a user-friendly CPAP machine with features for enhancing sleep comfort and managing sleep data. The G3 APAP offers the benefit of automatic pressure settings to help some patients adjust more easily to CPAP therapy and includes many of the beneficial features of the G3 CPAP. 

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    UARS vs. OSA

    July 18, 2022
    Breathing and healthy sleep are closely connected. Sleep disorders that interrupt normal breathing patterns while you sleep can have a dramatic impact on your personal health. Identifying the specific sleep disorder that is affecting you is important to determine the best treatment. Doctors will ask questions about symptoms and may require sleep tests to get an accurate diagnosis. Many patient...
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    Pros and Cons of Using Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

    June 21, 2022
    This post was originally posted on December 10, 2021, and updated on June 21, 2022. Sleep apnea continues to be one of the most prevalent sleep disorders, affecting over 22 million Americans. Because symptoms of sleep apnea like loud snoring are often overlooked, the sleep disorder is a condition that typically goes undiagnosed. The good news is that with a diagnosis, effective treatment...
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    Embarrassing Sleep Conditions - Snoring and Drooling

    June 13, 2022
    This post was originally posted on December 17, 2013, and updated on June 13, 2022. Summary: Life is not like a movie, so embarrassing sleep conditions like sleep apnea that are funny on-screen can have bigger implications to our lives, health, and relationships in the real world. Snoring can keep your bed partner awake and even drive them into sleeping apart from you. Drooling...
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    Sleep Apnea and Genetic Problems

    June 8, 2022
    Where does sleep apnea come from? Many researchers have suggested that the condition may be genetic. Yet others argue lifestyle and environmental factors play a role in the sleep disorder. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop off and on throughout the night, disrupting normal sleep patterns, which can lead to health problems. There...
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    ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet Card-to-Cloud CPAP Machine Review

    May 31, 2022
    Collecting and sharing your sleep data is one of the most important technological features driving the CPAP machine industry. The leading brand ResMed is bringing this data service to CPAP patients with a card-to-cloud feature in their AirSense 10 AutoSet. Now, an SD card is included in this device that can be downloaded for review by your doctor. Let's look at the Airsense 10 AutoSet Card...
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    Things to Know About Sleep Apnea and CPAP

    May 9, 2022
    Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders affecting nearly 100 million people worldwide. It is a sleep condition that disrupts breathing during the night. It can be a potentially serious condition, with some risk factors being age and obesity. Some people also may have this condition without even knowing they do. Continuous positive airway pressure, also known as CPAP therapy, is o...
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    Types of CPAP Masks

    May 3, 2022
    This post was originally posted on October 2, 2020, and updated on May 3, 2022. When beginning CPAP therapy, selecting the right mask can mean the difference between compliance and non-compliance. CPAP masks come in different types to provide comfort for a variety of users. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to choose which one suits you best. But, it's important to make s...
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    Fisher & Paykel Evora Full Face CPAP Mask Overview

    May 2, 2022
    More comfort and freedom of movement—that is the goal of the Fisher & Paykel CPAP mask designers when they developed the Evora Full Face CPAP Mask. By reducing and streamlining the design, the mask now has minimal facial contact, so it feels like wearing no mask at all. It delivers full performance without having to feel it's even on your face at night. The under-the-nose connection also a...
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    Home Sleep Test - Cost-Effective and Convenient

    May 2, 2022
    This post was originally posted on May 24, 2012, and updated on May 2, 2022. One of the biggest impediments to being diagnosed with sleep apnea is the need for a sleep test. For many, going into an unfamiliar room, hooking up to a bunch of electrodes, and trying to sleep is just too much to overcome. Moreover, with the cost of a sleep test in the thousands of dollars coupled with increasing...