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Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea

Do you have trouble sleeping, or wake constantly throughout the night? Do you feel lethargic and tired throughout the day? Do people tell you that you snore? Do you feel depressed or have a low mood? You could be suffering from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that occurs when the affected person wakes repeatedly due to the frequent stopping and restarting of breathing. Sleep apnea can cause the body and mind lots of damage, including the worsening of many serious conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive impairment, diabetes, and even some heart problems. It can also cause low blood oxygen levels. That’s why treating sleep apnea is so important.

There are several ways you can treat sleep apnea, including via medical intervention, with the use of a sleep orthotic, available from Dr. Peterson. Thankfully, there are also lifestyle changes you can make to help enhance your sleep apnea treatment and maybe even lessen the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms.

Losing Weight

One common factor found among many people who have sleep apnea is obesity or being overweight. Scientists theorize there are many reasons why excess weight can contribute to sleep apnea. One recent study found that the body fat contained in the tongue could be at least partially responsible because the fat could cause the tongue to swell and cause obstruction to the airway.

Obesity can also contribute to diabetes, a condition worsened by sleep apnea. This is why eating a healthy diet and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day is beneficial in caring for your sleep apnea. Lowering your weight and BMI could help lessen your sleep apnea symptoms in patients with OSA.

Quitting Smoking

Another way to help lessen the severity of OSA symptoms is with the cessation of smoking. This will help with other common dangers of sleep apnea, including diabetes, heart problems, and cancer. It will also help breathing function.

Limiting Alcohol

Alcohol consumption before bedtime can be dangerous in sleep apnea patients because it can make episodes of apnea last longer. This means the time you stop and start breathing while you sleep can be longer if you have consumed alcohol before bed.

Sleep Orthotics

Using an approved sleep orthotic like the ones available from Dr. Peterson is an excellent way to address your sleep apnea. These orthotics fit comfortably in the mouth and allow the airway to be propped open naturally.

To learn more about your sleep orthotic options, contact Dr. Peterson’s office today.

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