How To Keep Sleep Apnea Under Control This Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner! We don’t know how you feel, but to us it seems like we were only just ringing in the new year back in January. We are entering a busy time of year for many people. Between holiday celebrations, feasts, shopping, and activities with family and friends, it can be rather stressful. If you suffer from sleep apnea and are currently receiving treatment, it is important to continue with your treatment plan and scheduled appointments. We would hate for your holiday celebrations to affect your progress. Read on to learn more about the importance of not allowing your holiday celebrations to worsen your sleep apnea.

Don’t Allow Your Holiday Celebrations Worsen Your Sleep Apnea

The fall and early winter are full of holidays and celebrations. It is a joyous time of year, but it can also bring about many stressful feelings. Unwanted stress can negatively affect your sleep apnea, but the holidays can really cause a problem if you don’t take the proper precautions. Your body relies on a routine, and when preparations for a holiday or event take over, it can cause serious disruptions to your sleep. Here are some helpful tips:

Make a Schedule
If you know you get overwhelmed because you have a lot on your plate, we encourage you to make a schedule. It may be tempting to change your sleep routine to be sure you fit in everything on your to-do list, but even a few nights of not following your sleep routine or a change in your sleep pattern can cause serious problems.

Don’t Overindulge in Alcohol or Heavy Foods
The holiday season is full of opportunities to try different foods and cocktails. Overconsumption of alcohol is not beneficial to anyone, let alone someone with sleep apnea. Alcohol can cause adults to snore and disrupt their breathing during sleep. Eating a large, heavy meal before bedtime can also cause sleep problems. Enjoy alcohol in moderation and try to eat early in the evening when possible.

Please reach out to our office if you experience any complications or setbacks with your treatment. 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.