Tips To Help Improve Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes more than just disruptions to breathing patterns during sleep. This treatable condition, if not taken seriously, creates more problems than just feeling tired. Since many people don’t even diagnose their condition however, they continue to suffer from poor sleep and other serious health risks. Fortunately, there are many treatments available that are easy to try.
These tips are mainly just for improving breathing, which in turn can decrease the severity and problems associated with sleep apnea. However, if these don’t work, it’s important to seek professional care.
Eat and live healthy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a good place to start for tackling this condition. Weight watching and active living will help clear your airways, making it less likely for breathing problems to occur during sleep. Not only does this tip help with sleep apnea, but will improve other aspects of life as well.
You’ve probably heard this one before; avoid heavy meals before bed. This trick is crucial, yet so many don’t follow it. The food puts heavy pressure on the airways making it more prone for that muscle relaxation effect to take charge, making it more difficult to breathe properly. Consuming alcohol has the same heavy pressure effect as eating a meal before bed.
Change your sleeping position. Turn to the side. Studies have shown that sleeping on your back makes sleep apnea symptoms worse. Try sleeping on your sides and see if that makes a difference for you.
Try using a humidifier next to you during sleep. Humidifiers add moisture to the air making it easier for air to flow through your airways. Lavender and chamomile oils relax the body, so we recommend these for bed.
You’ll notice that these modifications are working for you if you feel better rested in the morning, even after getting the same hours of sleep as before. However, feel free to also use one of the many apps available that record and analyze breathing patterns during sleep to physically see if any improvements occur. Feel free to reach out to professionals, like Strong Denture & Snoring, if you’re still experiencing breathing issues during your sleep.