Sleep Apnea Diagnosing
And Self Help Tips
You struggle to get up out of bed and you’ve got that headache again,
you feel drained and you cant understand if you had a good night’s sleep or did you?
Did you spend the night snoring or you don’t know?
Or you do know, but are too embarrassed to admit it.
Is it the sleep apnea snore?
Do you wake up with a dry throat or with a choking or gasping sensation?
Does your bed partner complain about your loud snoring or that you hold your breath?
Neck size 16 and above, is that you?
Lack of concentration?
This can lead to:
- Poor memory and attention
- Mood changes
- Decreased interest in sex
- Cause of more accidents in the work place
- Three-fold greater risk of a car accident
- Relationship problems
With a greater risk during the menopause,
Some of these symptoms lead to what could be serious health problems such as:
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
Sleep Apnea – Suggested Tips For Self Help
Keep a sleep dairy
1. Do you snore loudly?
2. Do you stop breathing when you are asleep?
3. Do you go to the bathroom frequently at night?
4. Do you feel unrefreshed in the morning?
Record yourself sleeping
There are plenty of devices on the market today to record your sleep, this will be of great help to your sleep specialist, especially if you sleep on your own.
Mild sleep apnea responds to some home self help remedies
1. Lose weight-Easier said than done but to lose just a few pounds puts you on the right road to improve your sleep quality and can improve your sleep apnea.
2. All relaxants like alcohol, tobacco and sedatives that might relax your throat muscles which will of course increase your snoring is a NO!NO!
3. You can put a house brick under the head of the bed, this helps to ease the snoring and helps with the breathing.
4. Sleep on your side; you can get special pillows and use the old tennis ball sewn in the back of your night clothes.
5. Use a nasal decongestant: breathe right strips or a saline spray.
6. lastly try to maintain regular sleep hours.
CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Help
1. You should always slide your CPAP machine under the bed, this helps keep the noise to a minimum.
2. Have your CPAP machine fitted with a humidifier as this helps to prevent dry and sore throat. put a couple of drops of decongestant in the water chamber when if you have trouble breathing with a blocked up nose.
3. Keep your machine clean; you will have to re-adjust your straps every time you clean.
4. Use your machine every night this will help you get the most benefit from it.