Should These Sleep Apnea Prevention Tips Be Banned?
Sleep Apnea is affecting millions around the globe. Many are untreated and require guidance.
If you have been diagnosed with OSA and are not treating it, take a quick look at some prevention tips below. Keep in mind that OSA can be controlled in some individuals, but not all.****
1. Supine Sleeping Invites Apnea.
Sleeping on your back (supine) sets the stage for your chances of developing sleep apnea. The culprit? Let’s blame gravity. When you lay on your back, the soft tissues on your throat answer to the pull of the earth’s gravitation and block your airway, causing it to narrow, vibrate with breathing or seal off. Try sleeping on your side. In this sleeping position, the tongue cannot fall back and block the throat. Possibly add the following options and make this remedy work.
2. Use Nasal Strips.
Breathe Right strips and other strips are available in most out-patient storefronts or online stores. These strips are excellent for preventing snoring, especially when combined with side-sleeping, if possible.
Once you are able to minimize snoring, you are also able to reduce your chances of using a sleep apnea mask/PAP* system.
3. Stay away from cigarettes and liquor. ***
For those of you who enjoy leisurely smoking and/or drinking, your chances of developing sleep apnea increases every time these choices are made. Smoking slowly damages your lung’s ability to introduce oxygen into the blood and rid your body of dangerous levels of carbon dioxide.**Should sleep apnea occur, your ability to do both of these functions is reduced considerably and can develop to dangerous levels.
When drinking, alcohol actually suppresses breathing muscles to lower than normal states of relaxation, training soft tissues to become lazy and eventually block off your airway during sleep.***
Three quick and relatively easy solutions are now yours to use. The best approach is to “test” each tip over a short period of time so you can assess overall effectiveness before moving to the next tip. With this practice, you can rule out what isn’t working and maintain what works.****
Someone notable once said ” an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.” Makes sense to us. Why not you?
Get great sleep tonight.
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*PAP is an acronym for Positive Airway Pressure systems and is included in common descriptions of sleep apnea treatment devices such as CPAP, BiPAP or APAP.
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****Most cases of Moderate and Severe Sleep Apnea cannot be avoided. Sleep Apnea cases must involve a Sleep Test, Sleep Doctor, DME, CPAP Supply Vendor and possibly a Dentist and/or an Eye, Ear, Throat and Nose Specialist to properly treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea