We’ve often discussed our treatment options for sleep apnea, which can include a CPAP machine, an oral appliance, or a combination of the two. However, we may also suggest that patients improve their sleeping habits to help reduce apneic episodes. What changes should you make to your sleep routine?
Frequently Asked Questions About Improving Sleeping Habits
Question: Should I have a sleep schedule?
Answer: Yes! We recommend a regular sleep schedule, which means going to bed and waking up every day at the same times. Even on weekend and holidays! The schedule makes falling asleep easier and allows your body to rest better.
Question: Does it matter what position I sleep in?
Answer: It can, since sleeping on your back makes the chances of soft tissue collapse and breathing cessation more likely. Instead, patients with OSA may be instructed to sleep on their sides instead of their back.
Question: How do I create an environment conducive to sleep?
Answer: Your bedroom should be the perfect environment for sleep. Which means, the room should be dark and cool. In addition, you should try to remove screens, such as TVs, computers, and even smartphones. Screens actually make falling sleep more difficult.
Question: What habits should I avoid?
Answer: Prior to sleep, try to avoid consuming an excessive amount of alcohol. While drinking can make you feel sleepy, it also prevents you from reaching REM sleep, which can mean waking up in the night. In addition, alcohol can make the soft tissues more likely to become overly relaxed and collapse. We also suggest avoiding large meals or vigorous exercise right before bed. If you have any questions about avoiding sleep apnea or engaging in better sleep habits, then contact our office today.
Ready to Sleep Better?
At James Stewart, DDS, our team can help you rest better with our sleep apnea treatments. 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.