If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you’re probably in store for some lifestyle changes. Living with sleep apnea doesn’t just mean a bad night’s sleep.
One of the more popular treatment options is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. However, this is not a cure; it is a solution that aids in reducing sleep apnea. There are other things you need to consider in order to live with sleep apnea. It turns out that it is possible to control your symptoms and live a normal life.
Weight may have a big influence on your sleep apnea which is why many doctors may suggest healthier eating habits. Additionally, untreated sleep apnea causes sleep deprivation and the more sleep deprived you are the worse your sleep apnea is; it’s a vicious cycle that’ll hopefully be broken once you start treatment. Working with your doctor and implementing lifestyle changes can make living with sleep apnea manageable.
Life After Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
Soon after you start CPAP treatment, if not immediately, many of your sleep apnea symptoms, including snoring, morning headaches, dry mouth, and difficulty waking up, will get better.
Typically, daytime sleepiness and memory will improve faster when you wear your CPAP device for the entire night rather than only part of the night. Thankfully, you should start to feel more alert and less sleepy during the day after you start treatment.
For many people, it may be difficult adjusting to sleeping with a CPAP machine. It may take you a while to adjust, as sleeping with a mask on is a new experience for most. We suggest trying to find a CPAP mask that works for you, however, if you’re still having a hard time getting used to it, or if you are still having symptoms after being treated, contact your doctor.
In addition to CPAP therapy, it is often suggested that you:
- Lose weight
- Eat healthier
- Change sleeping positions
- Get a full night’s sleep
Implementing a healthy lifestyle can possibly make your sleep apnea less severe. If you are overweight, losing weight can improve or even cure sleep apnea; your doctor may still prescribe a CPAP machine initially and you may need to repeat a sleep study once you lose the weight.
Getting a full night of sleep on a regular basis is also important because, as we mentioned before, sleep deprivation can make sleep apnea worse. Lastly, avoiding tobacco and alcohol before going to sleep will make a big difference in how you sleep throughout the night.
If you use a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea, you need to regularly clean the device. You’re using the CPAP to treat one health issue, you don’t want to create more by using a dirty CPAP.
Unfortunately, up until recently, ozone cleaners or soap and water were the only options available to clean CPAP devices. However, there was a high demand for something safer and more efficient which is why UV-C CPAP cleaners were created.
UV CPAP Cleaners are safe and easy to use, with no harmful ozone which can cause irritation to the lungs and respiratory system. The UV light will clean up to 99% of harmful bacteria, pathogens, and fungi that can cause infection and illness.
We highly recommend that you visit your doctor regularly to review the information on your CPAP machine, to make sure it’s working well, and ask any questions that you may have. This is especially important if any of your symptoms return. Sometimes, these symptoms are signs of other sleep problems or medical issues, medication side effects, or a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep, and adjustments need to be made to your treatment.
Remember, sleep apnea isn’t necessarily a lifelong prognosis. If you follow the correct treatment plan from your doctor and make the necessary lifestyle changes, you can see improvement over time.