Multiple factors can increase the risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In today’s blog, we’re going to look at common risk factors and what simple changes our Spring, TX, patients can make to help protect themselves from OSA.
Frequently Asked Questions About Reducing Sleep Apnea Risk
Question: Should I change how I eat?
Answer: You may need to alter your dinner routine if you’re consuming large meals in the two hours before bed. Eating a meal right before trying to rest may make you feel sleepy initially, but you’ll also be more likely to suffer from OSA episodes. In addition, consuming alcohol and caffeine right before bed also have negative impacts on your ability to rest and avoid sleep apnea.
Question: What should my bedtime routine look like?
Answer: In the two hours before bed you should avoid vigorous exercise, large meals, alcohol, or caffeinated products. In the 30 minutes before bed, try to avoid looking at the TV or computer. Also, try to keep yourself from looking at your smartphone as you try to fall asleep. The blue light mimics daylight and makes falling asleep difficult.
Question: Does my bedroom environment impact my risk?
Answer: Yes. In order to enjoy optimal rest, you need a good bedroom environment conducive to it. We suggest keeping the room dark and cool. Try to remove any distractions, such as the TV, computer, or even smartphone.
Question: What are signs I should see the dentist?
Answer: If you notice chronic snoring, dry mouth in the mornings, waking suddenly choking or gasping for air in the night, daytime drowsiness, moodiness, headaches, or problems concentrating on tasks at work or school, then let us know. These are common warning signs of untreated OSA. If you have any questions about identifying and treating sleep apnea, then contact our team today. Don’t suffer from lack of proper sleep!
Do You Have OSA Questions?
Our team is ready to answer your questions and help you enjoy healthy sleep habits. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.