If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea, then you know it can have a major impact on all aspects of your life. Our patients who are diligent with the treatment plans we set often express how their lives have changed and are so grateful for treatment. You may be surprised to learn that there are certain habits you may have that can make sleep apnea worse. Read on to learn more about these habits and to see if they may be affecting you.
Habits That Can Make Sleep Apnea Worse
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may be engaging in certain habits daily that can affect your symptoms and possibly your treatment. If you realize you have one of the habits below, it is important to try to stop the behavior as soon as possible:
Screen Time Right Before Bed
You may not realize how much being on a phone, tablet, or TV can affect you when it’s close to bedtime. Many people, whether they suffer from sleep apnea or not, are guilty of screen time right before bed. While it may seem like a good idea to help you relax, being on a screen almost has the opposite effect. Your brain becomes stimulated when you are on your phone or using electronics, and it can be difficult to quiet your mind and body to get the sleep you need. We suggest turning off electronics at least thirty minutes before you plan to go to sleep.
Eating Too Close To Bedtime
We know that schedules are busy, especially during this time of year. Between work schedules, sports, and family activities, it may be difficult to eat dinner earlier in the evening. Eating too close to bedtime, especially a heavy meal, can make it difficult to digest your food properly. Being too full can make it difficult to fall asleep.
Overconsumption of Alcohol
Drinking alcohol can disrupt anyone’s sleep; however, if you suffer from sleep apnea, you have to be careful of how much and how long you are drinking. Alcohol is best consumed in moderation, and it is best not to drink too late at night.
Please be honest with our team if you have any habits that may be hurting your sleep quality. We want to have all the information possible to be sure your treatment plan is working. We are happy to provide sleep apnea and TMJ-related treatments to patients looking for relief in the Western New York area as well as Canada. Be sure to contact one of our two offices located in Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY to schedule an appointment.