For patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), treatment may include everything from oral appliances to other devices. However, in some cases a few simple changes to your bedtime routine can help reduce the risk and severity of OSA and other sleep issues. What can patients in Spring, TX do to improve their sleep habits?
Try Our Quiz on Improving Sleep Habits
- True or False: You should avoid certain foods and drinks right before bed.
- True or False: Your sleeping position matters.
- True or False: A sleep schedule can help.
- True or False: Snoring can be a warning sign.
- True. Did you know that while alcohol may make you feel sleepy, too much can prevent you from reaching the REM stage of sleep? In addition, drinking caffeine before bed or having a large meal can also make falling asleep and staying asleep difficult. You should eat at least two to four hours before bed time, and drink only water in the two hours before bed.
- True. When you sleep on your back, you increase the chances of soft tissues collapsing and blocking airflow as you sleep. This blockage can be partial, which causes you to snore or completely, which leads to apneic episodes. Sleeping on your side instead can help reduce the risk of snoring and apneic episodes.
- True. Did you know that going to bed and waking up at the same times, even on the weekends and holidays, can help you rest easier? Often a patient benefits from maintaining a routine schedule for bedtime and waking.
- True. While nearly all of us snore occasionally, loud persistent snoring that occurs frequently could potentially be a sign of sleep apnea. You should see us for a diagnosis if you snore frequently. Daytime drowsiness, moodiness, and episodes of waking in the night choking or gasping for air are also cause for concern!
Do You Have Questions About Sleep Apnea?
We can discuss options for helping patients with sleep apnea rest easier. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.