Living With Sleep Apnea
Many people who are living with sleep apnea don't even know that they have it. Living with this condition can be made easier by seeking proper treatment and possibly making some lifestyle changes. It is important for people with sleep apnea to see their doctor to treat and control this disorder.
Here are a few suggestions for people living with sleep apnea:
- Getting treatment for sleep apnea and following your doctor's advice can help you and your family members.
- Sleep apnea treatments can help snoring and improve your sleep.
- Proper sleep apnea treatment will help you feel rested during the day.
- Many people see improvement in their sleep apnea symptoms by making lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking and losing weight.
- Some people need to wear a mask at night (CPAP) that will help keep the throat open and improve breathing.
- A few people with sleep apnea need to have surgery to remove tonsils and adenoids, part of the uvula (the tissue that hangs from the middle of the back of the roof of the mouth), and/or the soft palate (the roof of your mouth in the back of your throat) that may block the airway.
- Regular and ongoing follow up with your sleep medicine specialist is important. The specialist will check to see if your treatment is working and if you are having any side effects.
Often, people with sleep apnea do not know they have it. They are not aware that their breathing stops and starts many times while they are sleeping.
Family members or bed partners are usually the first ones to notice that the person snores and stops breathing while sleeping. It is important for people with sleep apnea to get medical help. People with sleep apnea are at higher risk for car crashes, work-related accidents, and other medical problems due to their sleepiness.
People with sleep apnea may fall asleep during the day, even when:
- Driving a car
- Talking on the phone.
Sleep apnea can be very serious. It is important for people living with sleep apnea to see their doctor to treat and control this disorder. Proper treatment may improve the person's overall health and happiness, and the quality of sleep both for the person and the entire family.