Some people dream of a good night’s sleep
Approximately 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Fortunately, there are a variety of sleep apnea treatments to choose from to help you get the restorative sleep you’ve been daydreaming about. Here are some of the sleep apnea treatments that our sleep specialists recommend to patients.
Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea
For mild cases of sleep apnea, lifestyle changes may be all that’s needed to rectify your sleep apnea. Even if your sleep specialist determines that you have a more severe case, these lifestyle changes for sleep apnea can help to relieve some of your symptoms and complement other treatments.
Quit Smoking - Smoking and sleep apnea often go hand in hand. Smoking irritates the tissues in the upper airway, which can cause inflammation that narrows the airway and contributes to both sleep apnea and snoring.
Lose Weight - The majority of people who suffer from sleep apnea are also overweight. This may be caused by enlarged fat pockets in the throat and upper respiratory system blocking the flow of air. Losing even a few pounds can make a tremendous difference in your sleep apnea symptoms.
Become a Side Sleeper - Back sleepers are more likely to have respiratory problems when they sleep, including sleep apnea. Learning to sleep on your side may help. Though it’s tough to learn to sleep in a new position, it can be done! There are all types of tricks to learning a new sleep position online. Do some research and find a way that works for you.
Address Allergies - If you suffer from seasonal, mold, dust, or pet dander allergies that cause nasal congestion, this inflammation of your sinuses and upper airway can narrow the airway and contribute to sleep apnea. Take allergy medication as needed to keep your allergies at bay and improve your nighttime breathing.