Sleep Apnea Behavioral Therapy
Sleep apnea remedies don't have to involve breathing machines or complicated sleep apnea surgery. When it comes to treating sleep apnea, behavioral changes can offer snoring relief and reduce sleep apnea symptoms.
"Behavioral therapy" doesn't mean you sit on Freud's couch and get psychoanalysis. It's about making some simple changes in your life to help manage mild or moderate sleep apnea. With a little effort, you may be able to find a snoring cure, quit tossing and turning, and avoid daytime sleepiness.
If you've had a sleep apnea diagnosis, here are some of the best tips for sleep apnea treatment and snoring prevention:
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol, muscle relaxants, opiates and other depressants make breathing more difficult, especially when you sleep. It's especially important to avoid them in the few hours before you fall asleep.
- Lose weight. The fact is, people who are overweight are more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Losing weight doesn't just trim your midsection; it also can give your airways a little more "breathing room."
- Sleep in a different position. Evidence suggests that you may be able to find a snoring solution by sleeping on your side or stomach instead of your back, or by sleeping in an inclined position. (Some people use a sleep apnea pillow for this purpose.)
- Quit smoking. Nicotine and cigarettes can make a snoring problem worse.
- Do breathing exercises. They can make your airway stronger, less likely to collapse as you sleep. Singing lessons can also be a snoring remedy. So can learning the didgeridoo!
- Avoid congestion. This means avoiding allergens or anything else that may cause mucus: dust, dander, pollen, and dairy products are common culprits.
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