If your sleep quality is in jeopardy due to sleep apnea, be aggressive about solving the problem. Going through life on too little sleep is detrimental and even dangerous. Please use the advice that follows to help you sleep better. You will find that many things are available to help you.
Do you smoke and drink? Quit these vices. Both have a negative influence on 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.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, quitting could improve your symptoms. Both of these habits are bad for the muscles in your air passage and can worsen apnea. Unlike those medical interventions or pricey surgeries, eliminating these habits can save you money.
Your phsyician can help you get a mouth piece to help with your sleep apnea. If your breathing passage is naturally narrow, you have a small jaw, or you have a recessed chin, your sleep apnea may be amplified. Specialty devices can alter your position during sleep and more properly align jaw elements, giving you a much higher quality rest.
Sleep apnea has the potential for being a very serious disorder. If you experience symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t delay the conversation with your doctor. A doctor can refer you to a sleep lab if the doctor believes you have sleep apnea, and you can then get on the road to recovery if you have it.
You may benefit from wearing a medical bracelet that explains your sleep apnea, the treatment your are undergoing for the condition and the proper pressure level for your CPAP. If you need attention from paramedics or have to go to a hospital, your caregivers need to know that you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and require a CPAP. Your ID should clearly state all information relevant to your sleep apnea, including what pressure level setting you use for your CPAP.
Don’t use multiple or oversize pillows. When you sleep on a pile of pillows, or one extremely thick pillow, your chin is pushed down toward your neck and restricts your air flow. Sleeping in this way may prevent easy breathing. With this in mind, use only a single pillow to minimize sleep apnea symptoms.
If you have a stuffy nose, use a saline spray or neti pot. This will help to clear your airways temporarily. Most nasal sprays are not recommended for extended periods of time so use them sparingly. You should go to your pharmacy and explore different options to keep your nose open while you sleep.
Sleep is not something you can skimp on. Print this article out and keep it with you so that you can ask your doctor questions about what you have learned here. Talk to him or her about different types of treatments that will help move you toward a well-rested life again.