A busy month at work paired with your worsening sleep apnea symptoms has caused you to drink more coffee than usual to be able to get through your day. You feel like no matter what you do, you won’t be able to get the quality of sleep that you need to feel fully functioning again. Read on to learn how your diet may be affecting your quality of rest.
Controlling Your Caffeine Intake
Having sleep apnea can be a vicious cycle sometimes. Because you’re not getting the rest you need, you may be consuming more caffeine throughout the day to remain productive. While a cup of coffee in the morning can help you start your day strong, drinking caffeine too late in the day can make it hard for you to fall asleep. Caffeine takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to leave your system, so although getting a cappuccino in the late afternoon may feel like it’s no big deal, it can still impact your quality of sleep. To get the rest you need, it’s best to stop consuming caffeinated beverages around noon.
Alcohol Consumption Can Make Your Symptoms Worse
While you may be able to get to sleep faster when you have a glass of wine before you go to bed, it can actually make your sleep apnea symptoms worse. It helps your body relax a little too much and causes your muscles in your throat to block the airway, affecting your ability to breathe.
In a recent study that was published in the scientific journal Sleep Medicine, researchers found that by limiting your consumption of alcohol, you may be able to reduce your risk of sleep apnea and rest easier. If you’re going to drink, it’s best to do limit your consumption and do it while you’re also eating something to reduce the effects it has on your body.
Keep Obesity In Check
One of the main causes of obstructive sleep apnea, which impacts about 40% of American adults, is obesity. When fatty tissue collects around your neck and throat, it becomes more likely that your airway will collapse and get blocked. Obesity can be prevented by monitoring your intake of sugar and carbs and exercising regularly. However, some factors of weight gain can be out of your control if you have a medical condition. To help combat this, it’s best to visit your medical professional to see what the cause is.
Changing up your diet for the better can be the solution to reducing your sleep apnea symptoms. This can not only improve your quality of sleep, but also your overall health. When you put these tips into practice along with seeking treatment such as oral appliance therapy, you can feel well-rested again.
About the Author
Dr. Dustin Lively has been serving his community of Magnum for over two decades. He’s passionate about helping improve his patients’ quality of life by treating their sleep apnea symptoms. He has undergone advanced training and takes continuing education courses so he can provide his patients with the most advanced treatment and knowledge. For questions or to schedule an appointment for oral appliance therapy, visit Ez Sleep Solutions’ website or contact 580-706-2088.