- August 17, 2017
Greetings from all of us here at the LANAP & Implant Center!
We’ve already talked to you this month about ways that you can take a more holistic approach to your dental care. In that spirit, we wanted to continue the conversation about all-natural means for finding balance and overall wellness in your life.
Although we have a team of experts with years and years of experience who specialize in helping patients achieve optimal periodontal health, we are also highly-trained in diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from sleep apnea.
This is a potentially deadly condition that causes you to stop breathing for brief periods of time all throughout your sleep. You may not even be aware that it’s happening despite the fact that a pattern of breathing cessation can happen up to a couple of hundred times a night.
There’s a whole range of symptoms associated with sleep apnea, some that seem to have a much more obvious connection to sleep apnea than others, such as loud persistent snoring.
But sleep apnea sufferers also can experience frequent sore throat, daytime grogginess, and even depression and anxiety. The health dangers caused by sleep apnea are extensive and quite serious.
We’re dedicated to helping you get a proper diagnosis and effective treatment for sleep apnea so that you can get the rest your body desperately needs. But there are also things you can do at home to help encourage better breathing and a more restful sleep.
Here are just a few of them!
Natural Relief For Sleep Apnea
Keep Weight Under Control With Diet And Exercise
Although research does show a connection between obesity and sleep apnea, the truth is that sleep apnea doesn’t discriminate. It can affect overweight men and women just as easily as it can affect thin people. Here are some helpful tips to lose weight and mitigate your symptoms.
-Join a gym.
-Ask a friend to be your workout buddy and/or accountability partner.
-Hire a personal trainer.
-Download apps that help you track your calories and physical activity.
-Park further away from store entrances and avoid elevators to sneak more steps into your day.
-Take a brisk walk during your lunch hour.
-Find relaxing ways to manage your stress levels.
-Plan meals for the week ahead of time to minimize temptation.
-Swap those highly-processed convenience foods for fresh, organic produce and lean protein.
Try Other Sleeping Positions
One of the ways you can aggravate sleep apnea without realizing it is with your sleeping position. By lying flat on your back while you sleep, you’re putting added pressure on your airways. It may help to change up your position a bit to take some of that pressure off.
-Use fewer pillows when lying on your back so that your head isn’t pushed too far forward.
-Try laying on your side to see if that helps.
Up Your Daily Vitamins
Research suggests that vitamins C and D can help relieve sleep apnea symptoms. You can include these through supplements and by including yogurt, milk, and fresh fruit into your daily diet.
Find Relief At The LANAP & Implant Center
It can be sort of tricky to know if you have sleep apnea, for obvious reasons. How can you know for sure if you have this condition if it only happens while you’re sleeping?
Considering how detrimental it can be, not only to your ability to function well every single day, but to your overall health, it’s crucial that you trust professionals like the experts at the LANAP & Implant Center for proper diagnosis.
Depending on the type of sleep apnea you may have, whether central or obstructive, we can find a treatment plan that’s comfortable and effective so you can get back to living your life feeling rested, rejuvenated, and energetic.
We can fit you with an oral appliance or set you up with a CPAP machine to help keep your airways open and your sleep uninterrupted. Rest and relief are only a phone call away!