3 Habits That Make Sleep Apnea Worse
Last month, we sent an email about habits that may be affecting your TMD symptoms and treatment. Since we treat patients with sleep apnea and TMD, this month we want to share some habits that can affect your sleep apnea. Some of them may surprise you, and you may be doing them without realizing that they can lead to problems. Read on to learn if you need to break these habits.
Habits That Can Affect Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may be engaging in certain habits daily that can affect your treatment. It is important to do your best to stop the habits below:
Overconsumption of Alcohol
Drinking alcohol can affect anyone’s sleeping habits; however, if you suffer from sleep apnea, you have to be mindful of how much and how long you are drinking. This time of year can be difficult, especially if you are attending parties and cookouts with friends and family. Be sure to drink in moderation and avoid drinking late into the night.
Eating Close to Bedtime
When suffering from sleep apnea, we don’t suggest eating a heavy meal close to bedtime. You need to give your body time to digest your food. Being too full can distract you from falling asleep.
Too Much Screen Time Before Bed
It can be tempting to enjoy some time scrolling through your favorite apps on your phone before bed, but that can also lead to sleeping issues. Your brain becomes stimulated when you are on your phone or using electronics, and it can be difficult to quiet your mind and body to get the sleep you need. We suggest turning off electronics about thirty minutes before you plan to go to sleep.
Please be honest with our team if you have any habits that may be affecting your sleep quality. We want to have all the information possible to be sure your treatment plan is working. If you have any questions about your TMD or sleep apnea condition, be sure to contact one of our two offices, which are located in Silverdale and Auburn, WA. We look forward to hearing from you soon!