Sleep apnea is a disorder in which you experience pauses in breathing during sleep. When your brain senses the lack of oxygen, it wakes you to restart proper breathing. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may not know what comes next. There are many treatment options available to help you achieve the restful night’s sleep you need for a healthier body and mind.
Change Your Sleeping Position
While many people tend to sleep on their back, this position can make sleep apnea worse. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, experiment with different sleeping positions to get a better night’s sleep. Sleeping on your side is the best position if you suffer from sleep apnea. If you’re having trouble getting comfortable on your side, try purchasing different pillows to make this position more appealing.
Avoid Excessive Drinking
Studies have shown that drinking alcohol can exacerbate sleep apnea in those who suffer from this disorder. You should avoid alcohol whenever possible to improve the quality of your sleep. If cutting alcohol out of your life entirely is unappealing, start by trying to reduce the number of drinks you have during meals or special occasions and substitute alcohol with another beverage you enjoy.
CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a common treatment option for those with sleep apnea. A small mask is worn over your mouth or nose while you sleep. The CPAP machine gently forces air into your lungs as you inhale, helping to keep your airway open. CPAP machines are quiet and portable and masks are comfortable and unobtrusive to wear. Giving CPAP a try could make a big difference in the quality of your sleep and your alertness during the day.
If you have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, you are not alone. Sleep Services of Maryland can help—call us at (240) 912-4683 to explore your treatment options for sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and more. You can find additional information about sleep apnea treatment on our blog.