What is OSA?
OSAS stands for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. And to better understand the definition, apnea literally means “absence of breathing” or “stopping breathing”. An apnea is a complete blockage of airflow for at least 10 seconds or more.
When breathing stops involuntarily, the respiratory control center sends an activation signal to the brain to continue breathing. A person can wake up and then go back to sleep and so on throughout the night, even if they are not aware of it.
As you can imagine, not receiving oxygen and being constantly stimulated to breathe again, hour after hour, night after night, puts the body under a high degree of stress.
What is Positional Therapy (Positional OSA)?
Positional therapy is a method used in patients with snoring or obstructive sleep apnea to prevent their airways from collapsing.
Collapsing the airway is understood as the relaxation of the throat muscles by reducing the diameter of the air passage.
What is positional sleep apnea?
Positional sleep apnea is the absence of breathing for a few seconds during sleep caused by the POSTURE the person uses to fall asleep.
The time during which the person stops breathing is of great importance because it can cause illnesses, alterations, and complications in people’s health.
It is for these serious reasons that specific products have been developed to treat it, achieving excellent results depending on which one is used.
How do you know if you have positional apnea?
The symptoms of positional apnea can vary from person to person, and it is not necessary to have all the following symptoms, but some of them are:
- You snore loudly
- Breathing stops when asleep (detected by another person)
- Breathing in the form of gasping
- Dry mouth
- Possible headaches or headaches on awakening
- Possible insomnia
- Possible excessive daytime sleepiness
- Lack of concentration
Note: A qualified sleep disorder practitioner will determine if a patient has positional sleep apnea.
NightBalance Device for Positional Therapy
NightBalance is a non-invasive treatment, which does not require the use of a mask for sleep apnea therapy.
It has the advantage that it is very easy, comfortable, and quick to use compared to other sleep apnea therapy modes.
The NightBalance emits gentle vibrations that encourage the patient to change posture and turn onto their side.
The features that make it a unique product are as follows:
– Small size
– Easy positioning and set-up
– Fitting program
– Mobile application for use and control
Benefits that make the NightBalance an ideal option to conventional sleep apnea treatments:
– Better adherence than other positional sleep apnea treatments
– Wireless connectivity for data storage for improved monitoring
– Real alternative to clinically validated treatments
– Gentle vibrations with different levels and patterns
– Very well tolerated and comfortable to use
– Studies that support its tolerance and better adherence in the short and long term.
Difference between CPAP and NightBalance for positional therapy
The main difference between both treatments to achieve very good results when treating obstructive positional apnea in people with sleep apnea is that the NightBalance device is a non-invasive product, which generates very low vibrations to encourage the patient to change position, avoiding the relaxation of the throat muscles, thus avoiding snoring and apnea produced by the patient’s sleep apnea.