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4 tips to help cope with sleep apnea

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People in Arlington living with sleep apnea usually do not have any problems with their breathing while they are awake, so discovering that you or a loved one has sleep apnea can be both frightening and overwhelming. Leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to a stroke, or even worse, heart failure.

Thanks to modern medicine, people living with sleep apnea have several options in helping them cope with their sleep apnea. Here are the top four coping mechanisms for sleep apnea:

  • Get a continuous positive airway pressure machine: The leading providers of health care and dentistry in Arlington and across the nation recommend patients suffering from sleep apnea use a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) overnight. This device works by creating pressure in the patient’s air passage to help keep the throat from collapsing. Patients will wear a mask connected to the CPAP that will push air down their throat. This device protects the heart from having to work too hard while you sleep.
  • Exercise: This will help make you tired, essentially helping you sleep better throughout the night.
  • Lose weight: The previously mentioned tip and weight loss go hand in hand. Nearly half of people that suffer with sleep apnea are overweight.
  • Rotate sleeping positions: sleeping on your back with sleep apnea is not advised. Rotating onto your side while you are sleeping will help keep your throat open.
  • Avoid caffeine: Not getting adequate sleep will negatively affect your sleep apnea. Substitute your cup of coffee for a cup of herbal or even green tea for a better night’s sleep.
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