Sleep apnea is nothing to mess around with, as your body is sucking in air multiple times throughout the evening as you stop breathing. "While you may think snoring is no big deal and that your sleep apnea is not impacting you, you might be very mislead," says Dr. Judy Strutz. Not only is the lack of sleep potentially breaking down the health of your body, it can also impact your relationship as well. Here are some tips to help you get the sleep you need:
Sleep with your head propped up. Sleeping on your back with a soft pillow can make the problem worse. Try sleeping with a pillow that props you in such a way that the throat says open.
Losing weight can sometimes help with sleep apnea. Not everyone with sleep apnea is overweight, but if you are impacted by slow metabolism and weight gain, losing a few pounds can decrease the effects of sleep apnea.
Quit smoking. Smoking has been found to exacerbate the symptoms of sleep apnea for some individuals. If you can take your last inhale not only will your lungs thank-you, but you can decrease the impact of a restless night’s sleep.
If you snore or suspect that you have sleep apnea, it is recommended that you schedule a visit with Dr. Strutz and her team so you can begin the process of evaluating whether you are a candidate for a snore guard, or other sleep appliance. There are multiple options besides a C-pap machine, these days, that can help open up the airway.
You don’t have to continue to suffer in silence. New dental appliances and other options are available to help.