Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) means poor rest and a host of uncomfortable symptoms, including persistent drowsiness and headaches. A number of factors could lead to the onset of OSA. We’re going to look at common risk factors and talk about the steps our Spring and Pearland, TX, patients should take to reduce their risk of developing sleep apnea.
The Causes of Apneic Episodes
What happens during your sleep apnea episodes? Well, the soft tissues that sit in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed, collapsing and blocking airflow. When this happens, the person actually stops breathing until the brain wakes them. They “wake” but don’t remember these occurrences. As this happens dozens of times per hour, the person is unable to reach a deep, uninterrupted level of sleep and remains exhausted during the day. Warning signs could include chronic snoring, headaches during the day, dry mouth upon waking up, waking suddenly in the night gasping for air or choking, daytime exhaustion, irritability, and difficulty focusing on your work at your job or school. Don’t ignore these warning signs, as treatment can help you rest easy again!
Common Risk Factors
Some risk factors may be naturally occurring, such as neck circumference or sinus and congestion issues. Age is also a factor, as many sufferers are 55 and older, although teens have been known to develop OSA too. Some factors could be addressed to help prevent sleep issues. Obesity often leads to sleep apnea, so losing weight through diet and exercise could have a positive impact. Likewise, consuming too much alcohol before bed means a greater likelihood of apneic episodes, so cutting back could be beneficial. If you have sinus or allergy issues, or a deviated septum, then you can talk to your us or your doctor about possible solutions to help improve your breathing during the night.
Improving Your Sleep
We have a few tips for improving sleep as well. For example, reducing your consumption of alcohol and caffeine products before bed. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. Try to keep your bedroom dark, cool, and free of screens (TVs, computers, and smartphones) as these inhibit good rest. We may also prescribe a personalized sleep solution, which fits like a mouthguard and helps keep airways open throughout the night. If you have any questions about identifying and treating OSA, or addressing common risk factors, contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Sleep Disorders?
If you suffer from poor sleep, then talk to our team about treating common disorders. To learn more about our sleep apnea and snoring solutions, then please call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.