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trouble sleeping with sleep apnea
Have you ever heard of something known as sleep apnea? Perhaps you even suffer from this
dreadful problem yourself. You are already aware of how difficult and frustrating of an issue it can
be if you do. While completely removing sleep apnea is difficult, this article can get you started on
living with it.
Do not give up until at least a few weeks if you decide to try a CPAP machine. A lot of sleep
apnea patients give up before they really get a chance to get used to their machine. Wait until you
are comfortable with sleeping while wearing a mask and you should really notice a difference.
Skip sleeping pills if you are prone to bouts of sleep apnea. They have a similar effect as alcohol
on the body, though you may feel you need them to get to sleep. They also have additional side
effects besides the obvious ones. Stay away if you want to lessen your sleep apnea symptoms.
Make a sleep schedule and keep to it. Your body gets used to a pattern and takes advantage of it,
by sleeping at regular times and intervals. Your sleep apnea may worsen if you are not getting
quality sleep on a regular basis. Make sure to go to bed at a similar time every day and try to
sleep a fixed amount of hours.
You can lessen the sleep apnea symptoms you are experiencing. There are some factors that are
unavoidable. These can include being male or family genetics. So, make sure you try to avoid
doing things like this so you don't get sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea and were just prescribed a CPAP, keep trying different masks until you
find the one that fits you just right. Some masks may not be the right size or shape for your face.
Ask your sleep center to prescribe a different mask for you if your CPAP mask is leaking air into
your eyes all night or rubbing the skin on your forehead raw.
People who use alcohol, sedatives, and sleeping pills are far more likely to suffer from sleep
apnea. This is because these drugs will relax the cause and throat their breathing to be impaired.
Using these drugs before bedtime is more likely to cause sleep apnea than using these drugs
during the day.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can be improved by losing weight if you are obese. Losing
about 25 pounds can dramatically improve this condition. For some people that will cure the
problem, for others it may just help improve the symptoms that you are experiencing. Try to eat
healthy and make sure to get enough exercise every day.
If you feel tired every day, you may have sleep apnea. Some of the common signs of sleep apnea
include, chronic snoring, pauses in breathing, daytime sleepiness, and choking or gasping during
sleep. You should go to a doctor for an assessment of your condition if your partner notices that
you have these symptoms while you are sleeping.
Inform a friend or family member of your condition. Sleep apnea can be life threatening. It can
also cause complications when combined with other conditions. Inform those around you of your
sleep apnea. They will be able to pass this information along to a medical professional during an
emergency if the worst occurs.
Drink one cup of caffeinated coffee a few hours before you go to sleep. It may seem silly to drink
a caffeine drink at night, but this can actually help keep your throat open while you sleep. You
may have to play around with what time you drink the coffee to avoid restlessness.
If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP, try to replace your mask and hose every six months.
Most insurance policies allow for a new hose and mask every six months, and some allow you to
replace them every three months. The mask can stop fitting well after several months of use, and
the hose can develop small cracks or holes that let air leak. Replace these items to keep getting
the best CPAP therapy possible.
Snoring and sleep apnea are two, totally different things. It's important that you know the
difference between the two so you can see your doctor if you think you have it. Signs of sleep
apnea include extremely loud snoring, fatigue in the daytime, choking or gasping for air at
nighttime and labored breathing.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, change your sleeping position to reduce the number of sleep
apnea events. Sleep on your side instead of on your back to lessen the likelihood that the soft
tissue in the back of the throat will block and collapse your air passages. Prop a pillow behind
your back to help you stay on your side as you sleep.
You lie on your back when sleeping if you are like most people who suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleeping on your back will make it much easier for your tongue and tissues in your throat to
obstruct your airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea. Even though you may try to remedy this
issue by falling asleep while lying on your side, you'll probably roll onto your back not long after
you falling asleep. To keep from rolling onto your back, use pillows to prop you up so you remain
sleeping on your side. Place a small rubber ball into a sock and stitch it to the rear of your sleep
shirt if using pillows doesn't keep you sleeping on your side. If you try to roll onto your back, this
ball will feel very uncomfortable to you, and you can soon "program" yourself to sleep through the
night, while lying on your side.
Sleep apnea causes many people considerable aggravation. Life is hard not only for the sufferer
of this condition, but also for those that surround them. This article can help you develop a plan to
manage your sleep apnea.
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