Lifestyle Tweaks: Things That Really Help Sleep Apnea

Whether you’re already receiving sleep apnea treatment from us or if this is something you have just begun approaching in an effort to improve sleep, there’s something you should know: It’s not only about the treatment we provide. While this will, of course, offer you the bulk of your improvement, it’s also extremely beneficial to consider lifestyle changes that will make an impact. As a result, you will be working with not against your treatment, so you can get back to catching those Z’s.

Clear Your Breathing

If you are dealing with sleep apnea, you will want to remember that sleep apnea treatment only goes so far. The goal, of course, is to keep your air passages open and free of obstruction! To help this detail along, do your best to maintain clear passageways by promoting optimal airflow. You may do so through the following:

  • Address allergies or other forms of congestion
  • Keep your room and home free of things that block your airways, such as allergens or dust
  • Treat colds and other upper respiratory viruses ASAP

Remove Pressure From Your Throat

Sleep apnea treatment helps promote consistent air flow by adjusting your jaw and preventing soft tissues from blocking your airways. You can help with this with some simple physical choices, such as:

  • Lie on your side or stomach when you sleep, instead of your back
  • Plan to lose excess weight if it’s a factor

Don’t Over-Relax Those Tissues

Beyond the obvious physical details regarding soft tissue collapse toward and in your throat is the detail of artificially over-relaxed throat muscles. When muscles relax, tissues relax and block airways. With that said, avoid relaxants like alcohol, sleeping pills, etc., before bed to prevent this from happening.

Take Our Lifestyle Changes To Heart

Come to our practice to receive both sleep apnea treatment as well as suggestions for improving your nightly rest. Need help addressing sleep apnea symptoms? Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515) 244-9565.