Health and Fitness

Living Well With Sleep Apnea

Ignoring sleep apnea symptoms won't make them go away. Ignoring your doctor's advice after receiving a sleep apnea diagnosis also won't make those symptoms go away. Sleep apnea can either change the way you live or it can damage your ability to live well. The choice is up to you. Just think of sleep apnea  as a warning signal from your body that you need to make changes to your lifestyle.

If your doctor has prescribed a CPAP system for the treatment of your sleep apnea, it is important that you learn how to use it as prescribed. This system may be intimidating with its air pump and a mask you wear while you sleep, but it is worth taking the time to get used to using. It will allow you to immediately get the sleep necessary to restore your vitality.

For long-term reversal of sleep apnea, your best bet is to follow your doctor's suggestions for lifestyle changes. For example, being overweight is strongly correlated with sleep apnea. Learning how to eat healthier foods and exercising regularly won't just make you healthier, but can help you lose weight as well. As a result of these changes, your sleep apnea should improve and may even go away over time.

It is important that you give up any vices that do direct damage to your body. You know what they are. Some common examples are alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and sleeping pills. Sleeping pills and alcoholic beverages can be particularly dangerous because they impact the nervous system and may even prevent you from waking up to manually initiate breathing after your breathing stops.

If you have other health conditions that are contributing to your sleep apnea, you'll need to follow your doctor's treatment plans for those as well. Living well with sleep apnea often requires that you tackle all of the contributing factors to your condition.

 

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