Although losing weight can be a cure for sleep apnea, it is not the definitive reason for sleep apnea. Weight can contribute to the symptoms that a person might have but it may not actually be the cause of the sleep apnea in the first place.
There are many treatments that can provide a cure for obstructive sleep apnea, but they usually have to continue being used in order to reduce the symptoms of the apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the tissues in the throat block the air passage so that the person stops breathing periodically during the night.
When the muscles relax, the tissues fall back into the throat and the person can wake up feeling like he is choking or that he is out of breath. The cures for obstructive sleep apnea provide a means to keep the passages open during the night so that the person can get a good rest, rather than having it disrupted five to thirty times each hour.
Types of Cures
One type of cure for obstructive sleep apnea is to use an apnea pillow or other device that prevents the person from sleeping on his back. When a person sleeps on the back the tissues have an easier time falling into the throat and blocking it. When the person sleeps on his side, the passages can stay open throughout the night.
Another type of cure for obstructive sleep apnea is to use a device that pulls the jaw forward so that the passages stay open regardless of the sleeping position. This device is fitted to the person by a dentist so that it fits correctly. In the first year the person has to go to the dentist every six months to make sure that the device is really solving the symptoms that the person was having and to make sure that it is still fitting properly.
A sleep apnea machine is another cure for obstructive sleep apnea. These machines help to keep the air pressure slightly elevated so that the passages in the throat stay open. Some of these machines will adjust the pressure according to whether the person is breathing in or out while others maintain a constant pressure regardless of the breath.
The down side to the use of these machines as a cure to obstructive sleep apnea is that there is a mask that has to be worn over the face which can be uncomfortable and difficult to get used to at first. Also, the sound of the machine is difficult to get used to as well for some people.