Living with sleep apnea can be a nightly struggle, affecting both you and your sleep partner. Beyond feeling tired throughout the day, untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Don’t simply “deal with it.” Treatment for sleep apnea is now more convenient and accessible than ever before. There are various options available that empower you to take control of your sleep and overall health.
If you’re still unsure about seeking treatment, it’s important to know that ignoring your sleep apnea symptoms can worsen the condition. Several factors can contribute to the severity of your symptoms:
- Recent Illness: Illness, such as a stuffy nose or swollen tonsils, can obstruct your airway and exacerbate existing obstructive sleep apnea. The lack of restful sleep hampers your body’s ability to recover from illness, and there is a proven connection between sleep apnea, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
- Seasonal Weather Changes: Weather and seasonal allergies can impact the severity of sleep apnea. Low humidity levels during winter can cause breathing difficulties. Simple solutions like using a humidifier in your bedroom or covering your nose and mouth with a scarf in cold climates can help alleviate symptoms.
- Changes in Body Weight: Weight gain contributes significantly to sleep apnea. Increased tissue around the airway can worsen snoring and breathing disruptions. Over 50% of people with sleep apnea are overweight, and studies suggest that sleep apnea can also lead to weight gain. Maintaining a proper diet and exercise routine can improve your sleep quality.
Don’t let sleep apnea affect your well-being and quality of life. If you or your partner struggle to get a good night’s sleep, contact Chesapeake Sleep Center today for a consultation and examination. We are here to help you find effective treatment options and regain restful sleep.