Do you know what is one of the major causes of a bad night sleep? The answer is snoring and sleep apnea. The latter is a more advanced form of snoring that carries potential health risks and shouldn’t be ignored. If you believe that you have this issue, then you should read this article filled with tips.
Consider doing a few very specific exercises before going to bed each night, to alleviate some of your sleep apnea symptoms. Exercising throat and tongue muscles has been proven in scientific studies to reduce snoring, improve breathing and lessen the more profound effects of sleep apnea when done according to doctor’s orders.
There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive, central, and complexes are all forms of sleep apnea. You need to go to the doctor and have a professional assess which type of sleep apnea you have, so they can offer the best treatment and advice for your specific condition.
If you are over weight, going on a diet can reduce your sleep apnea, or in rare cases, eliminate it completely. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you breathe easier, so losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight when you have trouble breathing is an obvious step in treating your sleep apnea.
Don’t drink a lot of alcohol. The natural effects of alcohol lead to over-relaxation of your muscles. Although many people desire this side-effect of alcohol, it is not beneficial to people with sleep apnea. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles and can make it difficult to keep the air passage open. If you have to have a drink, do it well before bedtime.
Try some throat and mouth exercises. One reason people suffer from sleep apnea is because their throats close when they sleep. Strengthening these muscles can decrease the chance that they will go slack while you are sleeping. Try some tongue, jaw and neck exercises to increase your throat strength.
If you suspect that you have a sleeping disorder, but are unsure, enter a sleep study. They may be able to diagnose your disorder as sleep apnea and make suggestions regarding treatment. Treatments include mouth guards, CPAP, diet changes, and modifications of sleeping habits. You won’t know your options until you speak with someone about it.
If you are not experiencing success at overcoming your sleep apnea, you may want to take more serious measures. 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.
Weight loss is an effective tactic in combating sleep apnea in many cases. Sometimes, losing weight is all it takes to get rid of sleep apnea. Even a loss of a few pounds has been beneficial in opening the airway.
Sleep apnea, and even snoring, can both cause you to lose out on your rest, making the rest of your life much more difficult. That is why reading through this article is so important. There is nothing better than a great night’s sleep, and now you can return to bed with confidence!