4 lifestyle changes to improve your sleep apnea

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you know just how obstructive it can be to your sleep. This condition is notorious for causing lethargy and sapping energy levels. While there are many treatments and equipment that can be used to improve sleep apnea and successfully treat the condition, it’s also important to make some lifestyle changes. To help you make a positive change, here are four lifestyle changes that can improve your sleep apnea.

Go to bed earlier

While your sleep apnea may get in the way of your sleep and make you dread bedtime, the worst thing you can do is avoid sleep. Try to get to bed at 9.30pm and give yourself lots of time to relax and fall into a natural sleep. The longer you are in bed, the more sleep you are likely to get.

Give up smoking

Smoking has been proven to aggravate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. The chemicals and toxins in cigarettes inflame your airway, leaving you less room to breathe effectively at night. By quitting smoking you may be able to reduce the severity of your snoring and other symptoms while improving your overall health.

Lose weight

There is a direct correlation between excess weight and obstructive sleep apnea. Extra weight around your neck increases the force of gravity and places additional pressure on your airway. By loosing weight you can improve the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms, as well as unlocking a whole bunch of other great health benefits.

Give sedatives the flick when you have sleep apnea

While many people are prescribed sleeping pills or other sedatives to ensure a more sound sleep, these sleep aids can actually worsen sleep apnea. The same goes for alcohol, which also acts as a sedative. Sedatives relax your throat muscles and airway, resulting in more snoring and interrupted sleep.

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IS A MOUTHPIECE BETTER THAN A CPAP MACHINE?

Mouthpiece and mask discomfort – get a better fit with a custom made mask

Whether as a sleep apnea sufferer you wear a mouthpiece or use a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP), there can be issues around discomfort from badly fitting equipment. As a mouthpiece fits over the teeth and is designed to reposition the jaw or tongue, users can suffer from serious discomfort while using this invasive option. Alternatively, a CPAP machine is a ventilator which provides continuous mild air pressure to keep the airways open, via a CPAP mask, throughout the sleep cycle and is non-invasive. ApneaSeal’s custom-fit masks are designed to ensure maximum comfort and a superior fit to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Potential issues with mouthpieces

A range of unwanted side effects can arise from using a mouthpiece to treat sleep apnea. These include the wearer waking with an unpleasantly dry mouth, or alternatively producing excessive saliva. Mouth ulcers can also develop, caused by rubbing of an ill-fitting mouthpiece against the gums and cheek. More serious issues can include temporomandibular joint disorder, where problems develop in the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull, leading to pain and discomfort. A badly fitting mouthpiece can also lead to problems with teeth becoming loose or repositioned.

Alleviating discomfort with a custom-made CPAP mask

An alternative solution for sufferers of sleep apnea is to use a CPAP machine. CPAP mask wearers can experience discomfort through using a general, rather than fitted, mask such as skin discomfort, slipping of the mask, and mask markings on the face. This means that many patients abandon CPAP therapy as they find it too uncomfortable to continue.

However, ApneaSeal’s custom fit masks can ensure that your mask is specially designed to fit the contours of your face. The optimised fit is achieved through using facial mapping software, which captures over 20,000 data points of the nose. This information is then used to 3D print a custom mask that uniquely fits over your nose. This superior fit means that the mask is light and comfortable on your face and that there is less face marking due to lower headgear strap tension.