Lifestyle Changes To Help With Sleep Apnoea

Lifestyle Changes To Help With Sleep Apnoea

If you suffer from snowing and sleep apnoea, try these lifestyle changes.

Image by Mulia via Flickr

Image by Mulia via Flickr

For a lot of patients, sleep apnoea is a lifestyle disease, and for the majority of patients, it involves a lifestyle component.

In fact, seventy percent or more of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea tend to be obese. Anxiety, mood disorders, and other types of behavioural issues tend to be common and can impact the outcome of treatment. Behavioural choices like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and not getting the right amount of sleep can all worsen this disorder.

So, is sleep apnea dangerous? It can be if certain lifestyle changes are not made.

Home Remedies For Sleep Apnoea

Did you know that as many as 40% of men and 30% of women tend to snore on a regular basis? And as many as 50% snore occasionally. So, if you have a bed partner that snores, you are not alone. As many as 59% of people have reported that their bed partner snores.

There are a lot of natural snoring remedies as well as lifestyle changes that can be investigated to help improve or even eliminate snoring. But it’s always wise to use caution before trying to self-treat. It’s important to start by ruling out snoring as a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea, which typically does require some form of medical attention.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is usually connected to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even sexual and cognitive dysfunction. A lot of accidents tend to be caused by excessive daytime sleepiness, a major symptom of sleep apnoea, which has even prompted the trucking industry to test employees via sleep studies to make sure they are being properly treated with the right therapies if necessary, such as CPAP or other oral appliances.

Home remedies for snoring, in particular, can prove to be highly effective.

Lifestyle Changes for Sleep Apnoea

If you want to try and stop your sleeping problems, it may be time to investigate certain lifestyle changes that could seriously enhance your sleep.

 

  • Losing Weight

Sleep apnoea and snoring have been linked to people who tend to be overweight, as their neck muscles are more relaxed and the extra weight presses down on the throat which causes a closure of the airway. Losing some weight can seriously help people prevent this from happening.

 

  • Cigarettes and Alcohol

Giving up smoking and controlling your alcohol consumption can both have drastic effects on your overall health and well-being as well as helping you enjoy better sleeping patterns.

 

  • Sleeping Position

Sleeping on your side can also help to prevent snoring. However, resting on your back tends to make the pressure to the airway greater. Using more pillows or even thicker pillows that will elevate your head and help ease snoring.

 

  • Allergies

While this has not been completely proven, it simply makes sense to cleanse a bedroom of anything that you could possibly react to. Some allergic reactions can result in a partial or complete closure of the airway which can potentially make snoring worse.

Making changes to your lifestyle is of course preferable to having to undergo surgery or use a machine that would help you combat sleep apnoea or snoring. These changes, though, are often easier said than done. It’s always worth enlisting the help of friends, family and physicians to help those lifestyle changes become habits.

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5 Comments

  1. Is sleep apnoea the same as sleep apnea? The suggestions you’ve listed are some of a good many that can be helpful in treating. But it all starts with a doctor’s diagnosis, because medical conditions can also cause sleep apnea.

  2. I’ve got sleep apnoea, and it’s a pain in the butt. I wear the annoying face mask, and my efforts are largely concentrated on your tip of losing weight (eating healthier, getting exercise). The position is also vital, because if I sleep on my back, the snoring gets so bad that my wife tends to hit me over the head with a shovel until it stops.

  3. Some great suggestions of things to look into. I know my husband used to snore something terrible and then he lost 10 lbs and just that tiny amount really did wonders for his snoring.

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