Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a sleep disorder where repeated upper airway obstruction during sleep leads to a decrease in blood oxygen saturation and disrupted sleep. Current treatment options include oral appliances, surgery, and/or the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. However, breathing retraining with the Buteyko Institute Method (BIM) is a safe, effective and convenient approach to OSA that could help eliminate the need for surgery or CPAP. This paper examines the role of breathing retraining in OSA and presents a case study to illustrate its effectiveness.
Mary Birch, RN,BA,MBioE, Grad Dip Soc, BIBH Clinical Update 74, Australian Nursing Journal, August 2004