If your life is being disrupted by sleep apnea, whether it is you or your partner, you should take steps to address it and correct it so that you both can get a better night’s rest. Neither you, nor anyone you sleep with, should ignore sleep apnea. Keep reading to find out more information and ideas.
Learn how to play a wind instrument. Studies have found that playing a wind instrument like the flute or the didgeridoo can help with sleep apnea. Wind instruments exercise your breathing and help your body get accustomed to taking in sufficient amounts of air. Your throat will be able to better control airway dilation.
For people who suffer from sleep apnea, they may stop using their CPAP machine because it is noisy or too large. See if you can get an upgrade. The machines have gotten much smaller and quieter in recent years. You may be eligible for an upgrade. Contact your doctor or insurance provider for more information.
Clear up your nasal passage before heading to bed. If you suffer from sleep apnea and have problems with a “stuffed up” nose, using a nasal spray or device can help clear your nasal airway. This is not a permanent solution, but one you can use when your apnea symptoms are the worst.
Sleep in a prone position. A lot of people who suffer from sleep apnea are back sleepers. When you lay on your back during sleep, the tongue and soft palate shift to the back, which obstructs your airway. Try to sleep on your side to avoid that. If you roll on your back when you sleep, try using pillows to stay on your side.
If you have tried a number of less drastic sleep apnea treatment options, you might want to consider discussing surgical treatment options for the condition with your primary care physician. Sleep apnea treatment surgery often involves increasing the diameter of your airway in an effort to reduce the number of apnea episodes that you experience.
There are known risk factors for sleep apnea. Some of obstructive sleep apnea risk factors are being overweight, a smoker, male, related to someone with sleep apnea or being Hispanic, Black, or a Pacific Islander. If you have one or more of these risk factors, you are more prone to being diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Try using a nasal spray for an irritated nose. Using nasal spray a couple of nights in a row should help you sleep. Don’t overuse nasal spray though, it can cause your nose damage and irritate it. Take a trip to the drugstore and find a nasal cleaner that suits you.
If you use a CPAP machine, make sure the mask fits well. Most people who quit using their CPAP machine usually say it is because the machine is uncomfortable. There are a number of different masks available, so you are not forced to use one that causes discomfort. Try out many different styles to find the right one.
In this article, you have discovered some basic knowledge about sleep apnea. If you were thinking about ignoring this condition, then think again, because it will only make the problem worse. Print the information here out and share it with others so that they can be as educated about it as you are.