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How You Sleep Could Impact Sleep Apnea

Posted on 9/15/2019 by Vladana Babcic Tal DMD
How You Sleep Could Impact Sleep ApneaPeople who suffer from sleep apnea often try to ignore the problem. There are plenty of reasons they give for this. They do not want to undergo the tests that it takes to diagnose the sleep apnea. They think that if they do discover they have this condition, it means they will have to sleep with some contraption fixed to their nose and mouth.

While that is one way to treat sleep apnea, it is not the only way. It is possible that the sleep habits you have could be the cause of the sleep apnea. There are several sleep habits that can impact sleep apnea.

Preparing for Sleep

Getting a good night's sleep requires some preparation. That same preparation can also help alleviate the problem of sleep apnea. Smoking and drinking alcohol before going to sleep could lead to bouts with apnea later on. Avoid these products if you suffer from sleep apnea before you go to bed.

It is also important to prepare the area where you sleep. Getting the right pillow and the right type of mattress can make your body more comfortable and can help keep your head and neck in a better position to eliminate the bouts of apnea.

The Effect of Sleep Position

Once you are ready to go to bed, you need to think about the position that you sleep in and the impact that will have on sleep apnea. In general, sleeping on the back can make the apnea worse. When you sleep on your back, the tongue can relax even more and can fall back further in the throat causing an obstruction. The best sleep position to help with sleep apnea is on your side. This helps distribute the weight of your tongue better and is less likely to lead to the tongue obstructing the airway.

It is important to manage your sleep apnea. Ignoring it can lead to a variety of problems. If changing change a few habits can help with the problem, it is worth considering. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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