What is OSAS?
OSAS stands for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. And to better understand the definition, apnea literally means “absence of breathing” or “stop breathing.” An apnea is a complete blockage of airflow for at least 10 seconds or more.
When you stop breathing involuntarily, the respiratory control center sends an activation signal to the brain to keep breathing. A person can wake up and then go back to sleep and so on all night, even if he is not aware of it.
As you can imagine, not receiving oxygen and being constantly stimulated to breathe again, hour after hour, night after night, subjects the body to a high degree of stress.
What is Positional Therapy (Positional OSAS)?
Positional therapy is a method used in patients who have snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, to prevent their airways from collapsing.
It is understood by collapsing the airways to relax the muscles of the throat reducing the diameter of the passage of air.
What is Positional Sleep Apnea?
Positional sleep apnea is the absence of breathing for a few seconds when sleeping caused by the POSTURE that the person uses to fall asleep.
The time in which the person stops breathing is of great importance because it can cause diseases, alterations and complications in people’s health.
For these serious reasons is that specific products have been developed to treat it, achieving excellent results depending on which is used.
How do you know if you have positional apnea?
The symptoms of positional apnea can vary between people, not being necessary to have all of the following, but if any of them:
- Loud snoring occurs
- Stops breathing when you are asleep (detected by someone else)
- Breathing in the form of gasps
- Dry mouth
- Possible headaches or headaches upon waking up
- Possible insomnia
- Possibility of excessive sleep in the day
- Lack of concentration
Note: it will be the physician qualified in sleep disturbance, who determines if a patient has positional sleep apnea.
NightBalance Device for Positional Therapy
NightBalance is a non-invasive treatment, in which the use of a mask is not required to perform the treatment of therapy for sleep apnea.
It has the advantage that it is very easy, comfortable and quick to use compared to the other modes of therapy for sleep apnea.
The NightBalance emits gentle vibrations that encourage the patient to change posture and stand on their side.
The characteristics that make it a unique product are the following:
- Small footprint
- Easy positioning and commissioning
- Adaptation programme
- Mobile application for use and control
The benefits that make NightBalance an ideal choice for conventional sleep apnea treatments:
- Better adherence than other treatments for positional sleep apnea.
- Wireless connectivity for data storage for better control.
- Real clinically validated alternative to treatments.
- Gentle vibrations with different levels and patterns.
- Very good tolerance in its use for its comfort.
- Studies that support its tolerance and better adherence in the short and long term.
Difference Between CPAP and NightBalance for Positional Therapy
The biggest difference between both treatments to achieve very good results when treating positional obstructive apnea of 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 posture avoiding the relaxation of the throat muscles, thereby avoiding snoring and apnea produced.