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Sleep Apnea Tips

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you want help! And you'll find help in this article.  First you need to check with your doctor and see if you actually have sleep apnea. At present there is no permanent cure for this condition, but there are some things you can do to reduce the severity of sleep apnea symptoms.

So you need to talk with your doctor and discuss what treatment methods are available to you. You'll need to follow your doctor's instructions in order to improve.

 

But there are self-health remedies that involve changing your lifestyle. These healthy changes to your lifestyle can improve numerous issues concerning your health as well as helping to reduce the severity of sleep apnea symptoms.

For example, are you aware of the fact that the heavier you are, the more likely you are to suffer from sleep apnea? So for starters if you are suffering from sleep apnea and you are also overweight, try shedding some of those excess pounds.

Excess pounds make sleep apnea worse and even cause it because losing weight will often allow your airways to be more open while you sleep. Many overweight people have thicker necks containing excess fat which can obstruct your airways.

It seems that even if you lose a little weight, your sleep apnea could be greatly relieved. That's because excess fat in your abdomen can make it harder for the muscles involved with breathing to work efficiently. That leads to trouble breathing while you're sleeping.

Did you know if you smoke it makes sleep apnea worse? That's because smoking decreases the capacity of your lungs to work properly. Smoking also can make your throat muscles relax too much -- which results in an obstructed airway.

Alcohol hinders your breathing reflex and makes sleep apnea worse as a result. There are other medicines too that depress your breathing reflex. Here's a short list: sleeping pills, over-the-counter medicines, prescription medications, and tranquilizers.

There are other causes of narrowed airway passages too -- such as the common cold, infections of the throat, and allergies. These can contribute to making your sleep apnea worse. And the medicine that's available to help with these problems can also make your sleep apnea worse. So you really need to talk to your doctor about what medications you should take if you suffer with sleep apnea.

There are several suggestions in this article that may help you to improve your sleep apnea condition. Do all you can do to help yourself overcome sleep apnea so that you can enjoy better health. You'll be glad you did!