Apnea CareAccording to the Mayo Clinic, more than 12 million people suffer from sleep apnea in the United States alone. Multiply this figure on a world scale and the numbers are staggering. Unfortunately many people are unnecessarily suffering because they do not know they have apnea.
Here are some practical ways to care for your sleep apnea:
Self-TestTake an apnea self-test and consult a Doctor to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea.
The Best SleepMake sure you have a good, sturdy mattress and a place to sleep that’s relaxing and quite. Also consider your pillow and sleeping position. Some people often use their bedroom for working, working out, etc… Sleep specialists say that it’s best to keep your bedroom as a place of peace.
Sleep Positioning Medical practitioners assert that sleeping on your side versus your back greatly decreases apnea episodes. This phenomenon is called positional therapy and is the reason why so many sleep doctors suggest taping a tennis ball to your back for a better sleep; however, this highly effective option is uncomfortable. To fill this need and turn a nightmare apnea treatment into a pleasant one, the Apnea T-Shirt emulates the tennis ball concept with foam cylinders, so apnea sufferers can actually enjoy their sleep!
Food and DrinkFood, alcohol, coffee, tea, etc… should not be consumed within two hours of going to bed. These items have the potential to keep your internal system riled-up when it should be decompressing. Try and avoid them when you are winding down for the evening.
BodyWeight management is tied to apnea and snoring.
ExercisePeople who exercise tend to sleep better because their bodies are ready for a rest when it comes time to sleep. Consider talking to a trainer and working an exercise regime into your routine so that when you hit the sack, your body will want to relax. Just remember not to exercise too close to your bedtime as this will energize your body.
MindFree your mind. Many apnea sufferers have trouble sleeping because they are thinking about the potentially stressful night to come. A half hour before bed, attempt to do a calming and freeing activity that will distract you from the day’s stresses and any worries you may be harboring.
Investigate your Apnea Treatment OptionsMany apnea sufferers can spend thousands of dollars on treatment options such as surgery, CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) and other sleep devices to help them sleep.
Prior to going the route of invasive procedures, consult your physician to determine if you have positional apnea. If so, you could manage your apnea and begin having a restful sleep with a simple t-shirt which encourages you to sleep on your side instead of your back with the help of foam cylinders sewn to the back gently nudging you to your side.