Putting up with CPAP: Simple tips to improve sleep apnea

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Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common of 3 types of apnea.  A person suffering from this disorder can have difficulties while sleeping due to interuptions in breathing. In sleep apnea our upper airway tends to relax during asleep which leads to pauses in adequate breathing which can lead to oxygen dips or rises in CO2.  When sufficient amount of oxygen or CO2 changes are sensed, the brain sends signal to the body which ultimately awakens the sleeper.


If you have sleep apnea or think you might, you need to talk to your doctor.  Here are however a couple tips that have proven beneficial for sufferers of OSA.


Back is BAD

For most people with sleep apnea, supine sleep worsens apnea.  Most people therefore can note improvements while sleeping on their back.  By going on you side you prevent gravity from worsening your apneas by preventing your chin and tongue from obstructive your airway.

Belly is BAD

The most common risk factor for sleep apnea is obesity.  Most people who suffer from apnea, also have weight issues.  If you are overweight or obese, your doctor will most likely ask you to loose weight, under medical supervision.  A 10% decrease in weight can cause a significant change in apneas.

Beer is BAD

Just say no to alcohol.  Alcohol is not only bad for your overall health, but it also increases apnea problems. Boze causes your upper airway to get too relaxed during sleep, which will increase your problems.

BAD nose breathing is BAD

Always talk to you doctor about your nasal breathing.  If you have nasal allergies or a deviated septum, improving this will likely lead to improved breathing.

 

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