The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is often prescribed to patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to help keep their upper airway open while they sleep so they can get a good night’s sleep and prevent the symptoms of snoring, waking constantly through the night and daytime fatigue.
You probably know that drinking alcohol has an effect on your quality of sleep, but did you know that for sleep apnea patients, it can make symptoms worse? It’s been shown that moderate and heavy drinking can trigger obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), even in people who haven’t yet been diagnosed with the sleep disorder. What can you do about your alcohol consumption and sleep apnea?
Does your bed partner keep poking you at night to get you to stop snoring? Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept a wink? Are you so tired during the day that it’s causing problems at work or home? If these scenarios sound familiar to you, then your snoring and sleepiness may be more serious than you think. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea disorder. OSA occurs when your airway becomes blocked, causing shallow breathing or stopping breathing while asleep. You wake up gasping for air, sometimes hundreds of times during the night.