Sleep apnea can harm your health and your life, not just your quality of sleep. That is why it is imperative to understand and treat the condition. By reading the article that follows, it is possible to get a good start on doing just that.
Some people have problems using the CPAP machine to deal with their sleep apnea. The best advice is to stick with it. It is not a cure, but it does treat your sleep apnea. If you stop using it, you still have sleep apnea, so you need to keep using the machine regularly.
Stop smoking. Smoking cigarettes is bad for you for many different reasons. Smoking can also cause sleep apnea. It isn’t just bad for your lungs; it can also cause your upper airway to swell. This can make it difficult for you to get the breath that you need at night.
Everyone who snores does not have sleep apnea. Conversely, everyone who has sleep apnea does not necessarily snore either. How do you know the difference? The biggest signs are how you feel during the course of a normal day. Snoring does not interfere with the sleep quality the same way that sleep apnea does. With snoring you are less likely to suffer from fatigue during the day.
If you’re admitted to the hospital, take your sleep apnea machine with you. Your CPAP is set to your specifications so it will be easier for medical staff to help you out because you already have your own device. While they may have a machine for you to use, your machine is already preset for your specific settings and has the mask you are already accustomed to wearing. This will simplify your CPAP therapy during your stay at the hospital.
If nothing is working to better your sleep apnea, try talking to a doctor about more aggressive treatments. Some people don’t have any luck with conventional treatments, and usually opt for surgeries like a tonsillectomy, adenoid removal or airway enlargement as their last resort.
On easy way to help limit your sleep apnea is to stick to regular sleeping hours. When you stick to a sleep schedule that is steady and consistent, you will be more relaxed and sleep much better. Apnea episode frequency will be greatly reduced if you can get plenty of sleep every night.
Talk to your doctor before using a humidifier, mouth guard or nasal strips in conjunction with your CPAP sleep mask. Sticking with a course of CPAP therapy is a lot easier (and your overall sleep quality will be better) if you’re getting a supply of air that’s properly heated and moisturized. Humidifiers are built into a lot of CPAP machines. Ask your doctor about prescribing you one.
The frustration and sleeplessness caused by sleep apnea is commonly known. The symptoms that characterize this condition often make people very unhappy. Take the guidance in this article to heart, and begin drafting your personal plan of attack in the battle against sleep apnea.