If you suffer from sleep apnea, you know that it is a robber of rest and a destroyer of health. Good sleep is necessary for good health and happiness. All is not lost – there are options available to you. Continue reading this article to learn how to better manage your sleep apnea.
Extra weight is a primary cause of sleep apnea. Every attempt should be made to lose weight if a person is overweight and has sleep apnea. There should be a weight loss plan in place that restricts calories. Exercising should be a part of this plan as well. Reducing carbohydrate intake can help greatly, as well.
Do you smoke or sometimes drink? Lose all your bad habits. They may hurt your air passages. Smoking can cause your airways to swell up while alcohol will make your airway more relaxed, which can cause sleep apnea. Avoid second-hand smoke and do not drink immediately before going to bed.
Taking up a musical instrument (especially a wind instrument) can have a positive effect on your sleep apnea. Regular playing of the didgeridoo has been found by German scientists to strengthen the muscles of the upper airway. The upper air passage muscles control the size of your airway. There are also throat exercises you can practice, including blowing up a balloon, if you do not want to buy a didgeridoo.
Have your dentist fit you for a custom mouth guard. They make these mouth guards specifically for people that suffer from sleep apnea. A mouth guard is more comfortable than wearing a CPAP and is better to sleep with. A mouth guard works by keeping airways open and giving the soft tissues stability.
Don’t drink a lot of alcohol. Alcohol causes all the muscles in your body to lose their tension. You may want to feel more relaxed, but it can exacerbate your apnea. If you are sleeping and have been drinking too close to bedtime, this can be a dangerous combination while you are asleep. If you must drink alcohol, consume it sparingly and at least a few hours before heading to bed.
Children can have sleep apnea. If a child in your home shows symptoms like low grades in school, hostility, irritability, hyperactivity, inattention or mouth breathing, you should consider sleep apnea as a possibility to investigate. Sometimes parents mistakenly think these symptoms have to do with something like ADHD, and it is best that you talk to your child’s doctor to find the true culprit.
Sleep apnea is no joke. If you are experiencing some of the signs associated with this condition, you should consult with your doctor right away. After diagnosis, you may be referred to a sleep specialist who may order a home study using a portable monitor. In this way, the specialist can assess your condition accurately.
Now, don’t you understand how to deal with sleep apnea? Use everything you got from these article to reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Your life will improve dramatically once you start treating your sleep apnea and getting adequate sleep every night.