Lately, we’ve been discussing treatment options to address obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However aside from oral appliances and CPAP machines, you can also make changes to help alleviate symptoms. By altering your daily habits, including how you sleep, you can reduce the severity of sleep apnea and help yourself rest better.
How Does Sleep Apnea Develop?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that arises when patients stop breathing for brief periods during the night. The brain wakes the patient, and even they he/she may have no memory of being woken up, this can happen hundreds of times. The cessation of breathing happens as a result of soft tissue in the throat and mouth becoming too relaxed, collapsing and blocking airflow. Symptoms can include snoring, dry mouth, waking up gasping for air or choking, daytime drowsiness, and moodiness.
What Changes can I Make to My Sleeping Habits?
First, try to maintain a regular sleep schedule, which means going to bed and waking up at the same times every day, even on weekends and holidays. Next, make sure your bedroom offers a good environment for sleeping. The room should be dark, cool, and free of screens, such as TVs or computers.
What Other Lifestyle Changes Can Help?
You can make other changes to your lifestyle to help prevent sleep apnea episodes. For example, avoid caffeine and alcohol before going to bed, as this can prevent REM sleep. Next, try to stop smoking or using tobacco products. You should also avoid a heavy meal or exercising in the two hours before bed. If you have any question about avoiding OSA, or if you would like to see the doctor for a diagnosis, then please contact our office today.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
At James Stewart, DDS, we can discuss changes to your daily habits to help stop future apneic episodes. Dr. Stewart and our compassionate staff serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.