Can Sleep Apnea go Away?

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Anybody who was just diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or think they might have it is probably asking the big question.  Can sleep apnea go away?  First off if you don’t know what it is you should look here to see what the symptoms are and what it is.  Now back to the question.  Yes, sleep apnea can go away.

Well how do I do that?

Well I guess it depends on how you have sleep apnea.  If you have it because you like to drink before bed, then obviously you should stop drinking before you sleep.  However, most people will find that losing weight can help or make the problem go away ENTIRELY.  Developing proper sleep habits will obviously help too.

Soooo are you just telling me to live healthy?

I know right?  Such a cop out answer.  It actually is one of the most effective treatments for sleep apnea.  Many people will develop it when they gain weight because the extra weight will block their upper airway.  What this means is that when you lose the extra weight the blockage in your airways will also disappear.  Besides the fact it’ll help with sleep apnea, losing weight is just good for your health in general.

Other ways to deal with Sleep Apnea

I know I get it, some of us just really hate exercising.  Luckily for the lazier people of the world there are a couple other way to deal with sleep apnea permanently.

  • Positional Sleep Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Oral Appliance Therapy

However the best way to work with sleep apnea is probably a CPAP, but those results aren’t always permanent.  Honestly if you can a CPAP might just be the answer.  My Dad wears one and calls it his “Darth Vader Mask” because of the sound it makes.  Make sure to always get diagnosed by a doctor before starting treatment.