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How To Get Relief If You Have Sleep Apnea

Jul 11

How To Get Relief If You Have Sleep Apnea

If you are not enjoying quality sleep, it can have a negative impact on your life. Those who suffer from sleep apnea can attest to this fact! Luckily, there are sleep apnea treatment options out there, one or more of which will get you back to sleep again. You can begin by checking out the advice found in the article below.

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If you want real assistance with sleep apnea at night, talk to a physician about the optimal CPAP machine for you. You should take the size and potential to make noise into consideration. Some of these machines are really small and barely make any sounds at all. The doctor will know which manufacturers offer the best machines.

 

Consider elevating the head of your bed if you suffer from sleep apnea. As you sleep, gravity is constantly pulling on your muscles and causing your airway to close. If you elevate the head of your bed a bit, the slight incline makes it easier for your body to maintain your airway when you are sleeping.

 

Consider sleeping sitting up if you have sleep apnea, and you do not have a CPAP available. Perhaps you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but you have not had your CPAP prescribed yet. Maybe the power went out, and your CPAP will not work without electricity. Whenever you have to sleep without the benefit of CPAP therapy, sleeping sitting up will help to keep your airway from collapsing.

 

Try yourself to sleep on your side. If you fall asleep on your back, gravity can make it easier for your tongue and/or tonsils to fall back into your throat and obstruct your windpipe, causing apnea episodes. While it may be hard a first, as time passes, however, it will start to become second nature to sleep on your side.

 

Look for other sleeping aids besides sleeping pills. Sleeping pills carry the risk of throat relaxation, much the same as alcohol does. Pills also can affect sleep apnea sufferers in several different ways. Ask your physician about sleep aids that won't also affect your breathing.

 

Get a mouth guard made especially for sleep. If you have a recessed chin, overbite or a small jaw, they way your jaw sits while you sleep may be causing the breathing problems while you sleep by narrowing your airways. A mouth guard can correct this and help you sleep better.

 

Normally sleep apnea is diagnosed after getting a physical exam, but it also helps to study your family's medical history to see if it's prevalent among your relatives. Also, your doctor may want to try a sleep study on you. Depending on the results, you may be referred to a specialist.

 

Consider putting yourself on a strict bedtime schedule and routine, if sleep apnea is keeping you from a good night's sleep. Doing the same things at the same time may help condition your mind and body to better sleeping, and if you suffer from sleep apnea, you need all the help you can get!

 

There is too much that we already need to worry about every day to add worrying about a good night's sleep to the list. Apply what you've just learned, and soon you'll be enjoying a perfect night's sleep.