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Coping with Sleep Apnea

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After a long day of work, school and other activities, many people look forward to coming home and jumping into bed for a good night's rest.  However, if you have sleep apnea, coming home and going to bed could be the last thing on your mind. Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing starts and stops while you’re sleeping or even if you snore loudly throughout the night and wake up feeling extremely tired. Sleep apnea is recognizable through many different symptoms, such as;

  • Loud snoring
  • Interrupted breathing throughout the night
  • Difficulty focusing when conscious
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Waking with an extremely dry mouth or headache

If you have any of these symptoms, you are probably wondering, “How can I cope with my sleep apnea?!” Well, don’t worry! We are here to share some tips on how you can get a better nights sleep!

  1. See a Doctor

If your sleep apnea is causing you to gasp for air while sleeping, and you continue to repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night, the first thing you should do is consult your doctor!

  1.  Exercise

If you are overweight, this could be a main causing factor to your sleep apnea.  Losing weight will be the fastest cure for solving your sleep apnea! Start exercising throughout the day, go on a walk or a jog, join a gym! Exercising during the day will also make you more tired at night which will help you fall and stay asleep!

  1. Stop Smoking

Cigarettes cause swelling in the upper airway, which will make snoring and your sleep apnea worse. Avoid cigarettes and being near secondhand smoke so that your upper airway isn’t swollen.

4. Try a Different Sleeping Position

A few patients who have mild sleep apnea and or snore loudly have reported that sleeping on their side has created fewer problems for them throughout the night. At eLuxury, we have the perfect pillow for you to use when sleeping on your side.  Try an "I am a Side Sleeper" pillow for the most comfort and to help you with your sleep apnea!

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