Our Surrey dentists understand how challenging day-to-day life can be for patients dealing with the effects of sleep apnea. Here are a few tips that may help you to live well after being diagnosed with mild sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. However, if you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) there are a number of lifestyle changes that could help you to get a good night's rest. Lifestyle changes may not be appropriate for everyone, be sure to speak to your doctor or dentist in order to find out if these changes may be right for you.
Living Well and Improving Sleep Apnea Symptoms
People carrying extra weight are more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Evidence suggests that losing weight can significantly reduce sleep apnea symptoms in some people.
It may seem counterintuitive, however patients generally discover that losing weight becomes easier once their sleep apnea has been diagnosed and treatment has begun. Don't put off having your sleep disorder diagnosed. Visit your Surrey dentist or doctor to have sleep apnea diagnosed and begin recommended treatment.
Increased exercise has a number of health benefits and can help you to improve the quality of your sleep.
Some benefits of increased exercise include:
- increased energy
- less tension
- reduced feelings of depression and anxiety
- faster weight loss
- improved endurance
- better muscle tone
- lower blood pressure
- improved circulation
- reduced risk of heart attack and stroke!
Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine Near Bedtime
Alcohol and caffeine can make the symptoms of sleep apnea even worse.
If you're trying to reduce your sleep apnea symptoms try avoiding alcohol and caffeine for at least 4 hours before going to bed.
People who smoke already know that there are countless health reasons to quit, sleep apnea is yet another. People who smoke face an increased risk of developing sleep apnea.
Once treatment begins, smoking may cause your nose to become irritated and stuffy, which can interfere with the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy.
If you're trying to improve the quality of your sleep, perhaps it's time to quit smoking.
Dental and Medical Care
If you're scheduled to undergo a medical or dental procedure under sedation, (anesthesia, “going under”), let all of the medical and dental professionals caring for you know that you suffer from sleep apnea.
Also, be sure to bring along your CPAP machine or dental device if you will be staying in hospital overnight, use it as directed.