Do you suffer from sleep apnea and struggle during the summer months? There are many things to love about summer, such as long days, cookouts with friends, and vacations. However, if you have sleep apnea, you might not be so excited to experience what others love about the summer. We want to share some tips to help you enjoy the summer while maintaining your sleep apnea symptoms.
Make Accommodations for the Hot Weather
If you suffer from sleep apnea, then you know that heat is not always your friend. Thankfully, in our area of New York, we don’t normally experience heat waves like other places in the country, but we do experience hot weather from time to time. If you are traveling this summer to a warmer destination, you may experience problems with the hot weather. We suggest preparing for bed earlier in the day by making sure the shades are down, a fan is on, and running an air conditioner if one is available. A cooler bedroom results in a better night’s sleep.
Plan for Travel
If you are planning to travel this summer, we recommend planning ahead. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep, as travel days can be a little hectic. It may be difficult, but we also recommend sticking to your normal schedule as much as possible. It is also extremely important to be sure that you bring anything you need for your treatment plan.
Plan Meals and Beverages
Even though you want to enjoy summer, it is important to be mindful of any eating schedules or foods and drinks that may affect your condition. Be sure to enjoy your favorite foods and beverages in moderation. Heavy meals and alcohol can disrupt your sleep pattern. It is best to enjoy a light dinner and plan to enjoy cocktails in the early evening so as not to affect sleep.
Drink More Water
Hydration is always important, and it is especially needed during the summer. If you are increasing the amount of water you drink, be sure to space it out evenly throughout the day. It is not ideal to drink a lot of water at night and then need to interrupt your sleep to use the bathroom.
If you have any questions about your sleep apnea treatment, be sure to contact us, and we will be happy to help! We provide sleep apnea and TMJ-related treatments to patients in all areas of Western New York as well as Canada. Be sure to contact one of our two offices located in Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY to schedule an appointment.