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How to cure sleep apnea?

I take medications that make me very sleepy at work. I also have sleep apnea; both of these conditions make me so sleepy at work that I do fall asleep at my desk (usually no longer than 5-10 minutes) for which I would take my break at that time. There have been times in which I fall asleep without knowing that I fell asleep. Someone told me that there is a form that I can have my physician to fill out that would cover my work accomadiations. I am coming very close to being fired for this and I need something so that I can continue to work. Is there such a form?
Thank-you, Alice
Wed, 14 Oct 2015
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treatment for sleep apnea
1. avoid sedatives, hypnotics, caffeine, tea, alcohol.
2. sleep hygiene
- no tea, coffee after 5pm.
- regular 8 hrs sleep
- light dinner 2 hrs before sleep.
- no heavy physical exertion before sleep.
- don't try to sleep. if not sleepy do regular things like reading, light work
- bath just before sleep
3. reduce weight. Wt reduction can improve sleep apne by 25 %
4. sleep in lateral position. ( not practically possible)
5. oral appliances ( cumbersome)
6. treatment of nasal conditions (rhinitis, tonsillitis, dns)
7. cpap treatment ( most successful)
8. variation surgery ( in morbid obese)

try if not controlled go for 7.
5 and 8 are usually not pt friendly..
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