In the new year, many of us will be making resolutions to improve our health. We would like to talk to our Spring, TX, patients about their sleep habits. By making a few positive changes to your bedtime routine, you could rest better and reduce your risk of suffering from sleep apnea!
A Sleep Routine
First, try to maintain a regular sleep routine. You should go to bed and wake up at the same times daily. Over time, this helps you fall asleep faster and enjoy improved rest. We also suggest resting on your side instead of your back, which limits the chances of apneic episodes occurring. Be sure you also keep your bedroom dark, cool, and free of screens (smartphones, TV, and computers) as these could make falling asleep difficult.
Your activities in the two to four hours before bed also impact your ability to rest. We suggest avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, as alcohol may make you feel sleepy but will prevent you from reaching the REM stage of sleep. We also suggest avoiding vigorous exercise and large meals right before bed as well. Of course, you should also cut back on caffeine products, as these also impact your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Signs to See Your Dentist
If you maintain good sleep habits, then what signs should you watch for? Symptoms of sleep apnea vary, but often include persistent snoring, daytime drowsiness, moodiness, trouble concentrating at work or school, dry mouth, and waking up in the night choking or struggling to breathe. If one or more of these signs applies to your experience, the please let us know. With a custom-made sleep solution, we have a comfortable and convenient method of preventing apneic episodes and allowing you to sleep easier. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Do You Need OSA Treatment?
Our team wants to help you enjoy a better night’s rest and improved quality of life. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.