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CPAP Alternatives

CPAP was the gold-standard therapy for sleep apnea, but it doesn’t work for everyone, all the time. Whether you need an occasional alternative- for travelling or camping- or just cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, there are options!

 

The Difference Between OSA and Snoring

All too often, snoring and sleep apnea are confused or thought of as interchangeable. In truth, while all untreated OSA sufferers snore, only some people who snore have sleep apnea.

Snoring is simply a sound caused by a vibration during breathing. The vibration is the result of a partially blocked airway in the mouth, nose, or throat. Snoring can be caused by a number of different factors, including:

  • Sinus infections or colds.
  • Allergies.
  • Alcohol.
  • A deviated septum.
  • Poor muscle tone.
  • Throat and airway obstructions.

Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when a person has multiple pauses in their breathing pattern during sleep. These interruptions in breathing can cause disturbed sleep, interrupted sleep, and light sleep. In turn, a lack of restful sleep can cause a litany of other health issues, such as extreme daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, depression, and anxiety.