Lots of people believe that being tired all the time is just a normal part of life. However, this simply is not the case. Sleep apnea affects millions of people and many are not as aware of it as they should be.
If you are obese, start a weight loss program. It is widely known that being overweight is the cause of sleep apnea for some people. So, you can actually find substantial relief from your symptoms just from shedding even twenty or thirty pounds.
If your doctor has prescribed a CPAP machine, try to wear it for about 4 hours every night. Some find that it can be uncomfortable to use at first, but the point is to use it and ward off trouble. However, it needs to be used for four hours each night for it to be effective. As you become more accustomed to the sleep mask, you should be able to wear it longer.
Sleep apnea can occur in adults or children; there is no age limit. If you child exhibits certain symptoms, he or she might have sleep apnea. These symptoms are much like ADHD so you should make sure you get the right diagnosis.
Try out different things besides pills to help you sleep. The muscles in your throat relax too much when you use a sedative like sleeping pills, (or alcohol) and your airway is much more likely to collapse during sleep. Pills also can affect sleep apnea sufferers in several different ways. There are ways to get to sleep that won’t have a negative effect on your breathing; ask your doctor for advice.
Attempt side sleeping. Often, sleep apnea sufferers rest while on their backs. Your airway can become obstructed if you sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side makes breathing significantly easier. If you move around at night and tend to always wind up on your back, try propping yourself up with pillows.
Alway travel with your CPAP machine if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. You don’t want to sleep a single night without your CPAP after a sleep apnea diagnosis. This machine should have a travel bag with it. Any time that you need to sleep overnight while traveling, you should keep your CPAP machine in your sleeping quarters.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, get your allergy and sinus problems treated. Sleep apnea makes breathing during sleep hard. The last thing you need is something else causing you difficulty breathing during your sleep. Maintaining free nasal passages will ensure greater odds of sleeping getting a great night’s sleep.
If you have been trying for months to get rid of your sleep apnea, but have always come up short, then you are going to want to have a serious talk with your doctor. If you do not have success with standard treatments, you may have to consider surgery, such as a tonsillectomy or airway enlargement.
From here on out you know what to look for, and you should be better prepared to face sleep apnea. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that being tired all the time is normal and requires no medical treatment.