Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

sleep apnea DubuqueOur sleep is precious. Without good sleep, we can’t function at our best – mentally or physically. Unfortunately, sleep disorders like sleep apnea can affect our ability to achieve the rest we need and deserve. Sleep apnea is a condition that prevents a person from breathing properly during rest. This condition is marked by periods of breathing cessation followed by wakefulness. Over time, this cycle of interrupted breathing followed by wakefulness will cause sleep deprivation. This is because sleep apnea obstructs a person’s ability to progress through each stage of sleep naturally. Sometimes, sleep apnea can be avoided with alterations to one’s lifestyle. Those with recurring episodes of apnea, however, should seek professional treatment.

Exercise Regularly

Exercising is beneficial for sleeping restfully for people with and without sleep apnea. Those with sleep apnea can sometimes improve their symptoms by losing weight. This is because bulky throat and neck tissue contributes to some sleep apnea. Exercising regularly is a part of nearly every weight loss regimen. Just brisk walking for half an hour a day can make a big difference in one’s weight and quality of sleep.

Avoid Alcohol and Sedating Medications Before Bed

Alcoholic beverages and sedatives contribute to sleep apnea. Common medications that have sedating effects such as anti-histamines and sleep aids can increase the occurrence of episodes of apnea. Since alcoholic drinks and certain medications contribute to sleep apnea, it is best to avoid them before bedtime.

Consult with Your Doctor if You have Sleep Apnea Symptoms

If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, it is wise to consult with your physician. Common symptoms of apnea include persistent lethargy, dry mouth upon waking, headaches, irritability, and memory loss. A sleep study can confirm whether you experience apnea. If a sleep study confirms that you have sleep apnea, there are treatment options available. Non-surgical options include CPAP and oral appliance therapy. Some patients benefit from surgical treatment performed by an oral surgeon.

If you have sleep apnea or have been referred to our practice, call us today to reserve a consultation.