3 Strategies For The Sleep Apnea Sufferer [BLOG]
If you’re not feeling energized and excited about upcoming summer activities, it’s important to understand why.
There could be all sorts of factors, like seasonal allergies or family or work stress.
But it could also be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep.
At Patrick Stuckey, DDS in Ruston, LA, we want to help you rule out sleep apnea so you can get one step closer to a solution before summer really takes off.
That’s why we’re devoting today’s blog to sleep apnea , its effects, and strategies for finding the rest and relief you need!
What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder where oxygen can’t move through your airways properly while you’re sleeping.
The cause of the blockage of air will determine what type of sleep apnea it is, whether central or obstructive.
Obstructive simply means there is pressure on your airways causing them to tighten and close over and over again while you sleep.
Central sleep apnea is more complicated because it has to do with your brain failing to send the right messages to your breathing mechanisms.
In either case, the bottom line is that it causes a huge disruption to your nightly sleep, which creates a domino effect of fatigue and other miserable symptoms day after day until you get it treated.
3 Strategies For The Sleep Apnea Sufferer
If you dismiss your symptoms of fatigue, loud snoring, and other discomforts, you could be putting your health at risk.
That’s because sleep apnea can have devastating effects on your body systemically.
So while the strategies we’re recommending today could be helpful, keep in mind that better rest and better health for the sleep apnea sufferer can only come with help from a trained professional.
#1 – Try Different Sleeping Positions
This strategy is a common one that most people do at the first sign of sleep trouble. That’s because one of the first things you may notice if you have sleep apnea is chronic, loud snoring.
So if you try a different sleep position and notice your snoring stops, that’s great!
But if changing your position doesn’t stop your snoring, it means you probably have sleep apnea and will need to take a different approach.
#2 – Adopt A Healthier Lifestyle
Sleep apnea doesn’t discriminate. It can affect both men and women at various ages and body types.
But studies do show a link between this condition and excess weight.
You could try to make small changes to your lifestyle to see if your sleep apnea subsides. If you adopt a healthier diet, start exercising, and find ways to achieve more balance in your life to reduce stress, you may find it easing your symptoms.
It’s not a guarantee that your sleep apnea will go away, however, depending on what kind of sleep apnea you might have.
That’s why this isn’t a stand-alone strategy. It should only be used in conjunction with professional treatment!
#3 – Get A Custom Oral Appliance From Dr. Stuckey!
You could try a CPAP machine, which includes a mask that fits over your mouth and nose and is connected to a hose that runs oxygen into your airways while you sleep.
But for a more comfortable, and just as effective, treatment option, you could try using a customized oral appliance that fits like a mouthguard.
This device keeps your jaw in a better position so air can flow freely while you sleep.
Many find it beneficial for teeth grinding, as well. It’s comfortable, affordable, and it can help you get the rest you’ve been missing.
Schedule An Appointment
Sleep apnea can put your overall health at risk, in addition to making your daily life miserable.
That’s why you need to visit Patrick Stuckey, DDS to arrange proper diagnosis and effective treatment so you can finally get some rest.