The holidays can be a busy time of the year, which can leave you feeling run down and tired. Besides the usual hustle of the season, you might not get the rest you need without the right treatment for sleep apnea in Arlington Heights. As you shop for the perfect gifts and partake in activities over the next few weeks, it’s easy to deviate from your usual routine. Don’t let the hecticness of the holidays prevent you from feeling well-rested. Here are 5 simple tips to manage your sleep apnea until the new year.
1. Choose the Right Treatment
You have more options than ever to treat obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP is the most traditional solution, which delivers a steady stream of air pressure through a mask worn over the mouth or nose. It’s effective for keeping the airways open; however, it can be bulky and bothersome. If you’re looking for a more discreet treatment, you might be a candidate for an oral appliance. The custom-fit device repositions your lower jaw forward to prevent interruptions in breathing.
2. Prepare for Travel
A regular sleep schedule is important for feeling your best in the morning. If you’ll be traveling to a different time zone, you might suffer from fatigue the next day. You can help avoid it by preparing your sleep schedule for any changes, like resting when you arrive at your destination or snoozing on the plane.
3. Get Plenty of Rest
Untreated sleep apnea puts you at a higher risk of auto accidents. Even with treatment, it’s best to take extra precautions if you’re driving to prevent drowsiness. If you’re feeling tired, don’t hesitate to change drivers, take a break, or pull over to get some sleep. You don’t want to hit the road if you aren’t alert.
4. Create the Right Sleep Environment
Although you can’t take all the comforts of home with you, it’s best to stick to your usual routine and sleep environment as much as you can. Create a relaxing setting and avoid screens before going to bed. You’ll also want to stay away from any stimulates, like caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine.
5. Don’t Forget Your Treatment
Whether you use a CPAP machine or an oral appliance, be sure to take everything with you, including any storage cases or cleaning products. Write a checklist to ensure nothing is left behind while on your journey.
Sleep Better Through the Holidays
Don’t let the holidays leave you feeling tired throughout the day. You can control your sleep apnea and get the rest you need to enjoy the festivities of the season.
About Dr. Brian Zulawinski
Dr. Zulawinski earned his dental degree at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education with an emphasis on sleep apnea. He offers the personalized solutions you need to breathe better using an oral appliance. If you’re ready to try an alternative to a CPAP, or you need treatment for the first time, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.