A variety of factors can lead to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), such as neck circumference and sinus issues. However, our bedtime routines and sleeping habits also impact our risk of developing a sleep disorder. Let’s look at the changes our Pearland, TX, patients can take to change sleeping habits and reduce the risk of OSA.
You may need to change your habits in the two to four hours before bed. Right before going to bed, we recommend avoiding large meals, vigorous exercise, or products with caffeine, which make going to sleep difficult. You should also avoid alcohol in the two hours before bed. While alcoholic beverages may make you feel sleepy, they also prevent you from reaching the REM stage of sleep.
Better Sleep Habits
To rest easier, we suggest maintaining a sleep schedule. You should go to bed and wake up each day at the same times, even on weekends and holidays. Eventually, this helps you go to sleep easier. In order to reduce the risk of apneic episodes, you should also consider sleeping on your side instead of your back. Finally, try to make sure your bedroom offers the perfect sleeping environment. You should keep the room dark, cool, and free of screens, such as TVs or computers. Also, try to avoid looking at your smartphone right before bed or if you wake up in the night, as the screen’s blue light can trick the brain into thinking the sun is up.
Signs Sleep Solutions May Be Necessary
If despite these changes you continue to experience chronic snoring, waking up in the night choking or gasping for air, or daytime drowsiness, then see us right away. You may need treatment for sleep apnea, which could include a custom-made oral appliance. If you have any questions about treating OSA, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Achieving Better Sleep?
Our team wants to help you sleep better, which is why we offer custom-made treatment options. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.