OhioHealth Sleep Services

Traditional Treatment Options

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Traditional Treatments

The following conventional treatments are also offered by OhioHealth Sleep Services.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy

CPAP is a machine that helps keep your airway open by preventing the throat from blocking air movement to the lungs. This treatment works by continuously applying pressurized air, usually through your nasal passage to keep it open.

Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) Therapy

BiPAP uses a machine that flows bilevel pressurized air into your airway only when needed to keep it open. During inspiration, high-level pressure is blowing into the airway to keep it open. During expiration, the pressure drops to a lower level to make you exhale easily but at the same time keeps the airway open.

Sleep Disorder Medications

In some cases, prescription medications may be effective forms of sleeping disorder treatment.

Alternative Sleeping Disorder Treatments

Leading a healthy lifestyle can help promote a good night's sleep; it can even be an effective sleep disorder treatment. For example, eating a healthy diet, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and nicotine near bedtime, and getting regular exercise during the day – but not right before bed – help promote good sleep hygiene. Other good sleep hygiene practices include:

  • Setting regular bedtime and wake-up times (including weekends)
  • Removing the television set from the bedroom and using the bedroom just for sleeping or quiet reading
  • Avoiding naps during the day
  • Starting relaxing, before-bed habits, such as a bath, a glass of warm milk or some light reading