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Feel Like Your Sleep Apnea Is Worse In the Summer? Here’s Why!

July 9, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 6:01 pm
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When you think of summer, you probably think of relaxation and fun in the sun. But if you have sleep apnea, you may not know that your symptoms can get worse as the temperatures rise. Unfortunately, trouble sleeping not only affects your energy levels and mood but your general health as well. The good news is that it’s easier than you think to find relief from sleep apnea in Arlington Heights. Keep reading to learn why your sleep may suffer in the summertime and how the right treatment can help! 

Why Would Your Sleep Apnea Get Worse In the Summer?

Here are just some of the reasons your sleep apnea and overall sleep quality could get worse during the summer months: 

  • You may not get as much sleep – When it comes to sleep, quality and quantity matter. Summer days are much longer and many people are busier and more active than usual, so it stands to reason that you may not be getting a full 7 to 9 hours. 
  • Your sleep routine may be “off” – Summer is also the time when people spend more time outdoors and travel for vacation, both of which can disrupt your normal sleep routine. 

Fortunately, there are multiple options for effective sleep apnea treatment that will improve how well you sleep.  

Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea 

At one time, the only types of sleep apnea treatment were a CPAP machine and surgery. Now there are much simpler and less invasive options, including custom-made oral appliances that open the airway by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue. 

These devices are lightweight, portable, and easy to tolerate, so they’re easy to pack along on trips. There are also multiple types of oral appliances available, and a dentist will recommend the best choice for your unique needs after a consultation. 

Oral appliances can also be used in conjunction with a CPAP machine to provide combined therapy. This not only makes it easier to tolerate the CPAP but provides maximum relief for people with moderate to severe sleep apnea.

Summertime is the season to have fun, rest, and rejuvenate. By getting effective treatment for your sleep apnea, you’ll get a better night’s sleep so you have the energy to enjoy it!

About the Author 

Dr. Brian Zulawinski has been a dentist for 20 years and is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. With a focus on sleep apnea, he improves his patients’ health and overall quality of life with testing, oral appliance therapy, and combined therapy treatment. If you’d like to know more about sleep apnea in Arlington Heights or have any questions, he can be contacted through his website.

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