We often treat sleep apnea, also known as OSA, with an oral appliance, a CPAP machine, or a combination of the two. However, can also recommend lifestyle changes to combat OSA, such as changing your sleeping routine. Are you ready to make chances and enjoy a better night’s rest?
Changes You can Make to Address OSA
- Sleep Position: When you sleep on your back, the collapse of relaxed soft tissues can more easily occur and lead to apneic episodes. However, by sleeping on your side instead of your back you can help prevent these episodes.
- Eating and Drinking Before Bed: When you drink alcohol before bed, you may have trouble reaching REM sleep. In addition, caffeine can prevent people from sleeping well. Eating a large meal right before bed can also have a negative impact on your ability to rest.
- Your Sleep Schedule: You should maintain a regular sleep schedule. You should go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends and holidays. Doing so can often allow you to rest easier.
- No Screens at Bedtime: Looking at screens in bed or right before bed can also prevent you from sleeping well. We encourage you to remove TVs and computers from your bedroom. You should also avoid looking at your phone as you get ready for bed.
- Don’t Ignore Symptoms: If you suffer from chronic snoring, episodes of waking up gasping for air or choking, or daytime exhaustion, then you may need treatment for sleep apnea. If one or more of these symptoms sound familiar, then please contact our office. We can perform a diagnosis to see if you need treatment.
Ready to Treat Your Sleep Apnea?
At James Stewart, DDS, we can offer treatment for your common sleep issues. 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.