Nasal spray for sleep apnea showed excellent results in…

Spray for the treatment of apnea
Nasal spray for sleep apnea showed excellent results in early trials.
Spray for the treatment of apnea

Sleep apnea, or intermittent pauses in breathing during sleep for more than 10 seconds (in some of the most severe cases, can be as long as 2-3 minutes), pose a serious risk to the cardiovascular system. According to WHO estimates, up to a billion people in the world suffer from it.

A research team at Flinders University in Australia has developed a nasal spray for the treatment of sleep apnea, which is currently being tested with 12 volunteers.

The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices currently used for treatment show good efficiency - but, unfortunately, they are rather bulky and inconvenient. The situation could be changed by a drug, but it is not yet available.

The drug being tested by Australian scientists acts on specific receptors on the surface of the upper respiratory tract. As a result, the muscles that keep the respiratory muscles open during sleep become more active.

The first results are very optimistic: the drug provided a stable opening of the airways throughout the night's sleep. However, the most important thing is that such encouraging results were obtained regardless of the specific method of application, which means that the nasal spray can become the simplest, most affordable and effective method for treating sleep apnea.