Treatment

What Is the Difference Between CPAP and BiPAP?

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you have likely been introduced to at least one of the possible treatment options. The most common (and effective) therapy is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). You may also be curious to know the difference between two similar treatment options: CPAP and BiPAP (or bilevel) therapy. Discover more information about these therapy devices and which one might be right for you.

Getting and Using an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea

No one will argue that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is good for everyone with sleep apnea. Many people struggle valiantly to try to overcome the difficulties they have using a CPAP, but between 30 to 50% of people with sleep apnea end up not using it. 

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which one repeatedly stops breathing during the night. It has many potential causes, all of which lead the upper airway to collapse while someone is asleep. Treatment of sleep apnea is necessary to prevent major health problems. What sleep apnea treatment is best for you? Consider ways to address the cause as well as additional options such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliances from a dentist, surgery, weight loss, and other options.

 

Alternative Treatments for Sleep Apnea

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the first treatment option offered will likely be continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but what if you need alternative treatments for your sleep apnea? There can be major hurdles to tolerating CPAP, and if you can’t overcome these, you aren't totally out of luck. There are a handful of other treatment options that might offer relief, ranging from home remedies like weight loss to avoiding alcohol and medical therapy like oral appliances and surgery. Discover what might work best for you.

Sleeping Pills Overview

If you experience difficulties staying or falling asleep or in obtaining sleep of restorative quality -- common symptoms of insomnia -- you may be interested in learning more about sleeping pills. There are over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications available, and a little research with an overview may help you to find the best option.

What to Take When You Can’t Sleep

Trouble falling or staying asleep can be greatly distressing. When it occurs chronically, this is called insomnia. If you find yourself having trouble getting to sleep, you may be seeking solutions. What can you take when you can’t sleep? Are there treatment options available at home? When should you see a doctor? Learn about some of the treatments that might help you to finally get to sleep.

Help Me Sleep: Ways to Sleep Better Tonight With Home Remedies

What are reasons why you can't sleep? Are there tried-and-true ways to help you to sleep better tonight? What should you do if you have tried everything, including home remedies, and it just isn't working? Let's explore these issues and discover the help you need to sleep. Discover more in this Verywell article by Dr. Peters.

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) is sometimes recommended to treat difficulty falling or staying asleep, the defining characteristics of insomnia. What is CBTI? Learn about this behavioral treatment and why it may be just the thing to help you get the rest that you need and help you to avoid the use of sleeping pills.

Why You Don’t Need Those Sleeping Pills

It's an easy trap to fall into. You have a bad night of sleep and before you know it, this stretches into a run of bad nights. You try to observe good sleep hygiene, making a few changes to make things better, but your insomnia persists. You mention it to your doctor and you receive a prescription for a sleeping pill. Then the real trouble begins.