Do you suspect you have sleep apnea? If you are snoring (loudly), experiencing headaches in the morning, waking often and abruptly throughout the night, and can’t seem to stay asleep – chances are, you likely have sleep apnea. Before you feel discouraged for ever being able to sleep normally again, there are several different treatment options! Some people struggle with sleep because of their allergies. In these cases, you may be prescribed something to help with your allergies to open up your airways. You’re probably wondering, “how can I treat my sleep apnea?”
What Are My Treatment Options?
For mild cases, you may just be instructed to change your diet, exercise to try and lose a little weight, and if you have habits such as smoking – you’ll want to quit. Trying these things will help you to start sleeping better! Some people struggle with sleep because of their allergies. In these cases, you may be prescribed something to help with your allergies to open up your airways.
If changing your diet and losing weight doesn’t help – you may need further treatment that involves sleeping with a device to help you. There are a few different options when it comes to this type of therapy. Using a machine called a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) will help you breathe throughout the night. There are other devices such as; nasal dilators and other oral breathing devices that will reposition your jaw when you sleep to open up your airway more.
Can I Cure My Sleep Apnea?
Potentially, yes. If you have a milder version of sleep apnea, curing it may include some lifestyle changes (as previously mentioned).
If you need to sleep with a device to help your sleep apnea, you may not be stuck with it forever. There are other things your doctor can suggest to change your sleeping habits that will help you to open up your airways on your own.