Did you know that sleep apnea could be fatal?
If you are struggling with sleep apnea, you are not alone. There are thousands of people across the U.S., just like you, and most are not seeking out treatment because they are not even aware that they stop breathing while they sleep. Please identify whether or not you have consistent difficulties with any of the symptoms mentioned below. In order to be diagnosed these symptoms must negate your lifestyle. I am advising you or your loved ones to seek out medical attention right away!
You are unable to remain awake during the daytime hours. You are keeping your spouse or partner awake throughout the night with your loud snoring and interrupted breathing patterns. You abruptly wake up with a shortness of breath. You might also be experiencing acid reflux, frequency urination, headaches, and memory loss.
Here are a few tips to maintain better, deeper sleep:
1) Regime – the amount of sleep you attain is crucial to your health. Start with a sleep hygiene schedule that allows you at least 8 hours. You need this much sleep in order for your brain to regulate the oxygen intake.
2) Sedatives– this also includes alcohol. All forms hinder the opportunity for your brain to do the job of keeping you alive.
3) Physical health– maintain optimal body weight, can with your doctor to ensure how much you should weigh. If you smoke cigarettes, then stop as soon as possible.
4) Breathe– if you are struggling with nasal congestion then treat those symptoms to open up the airway.
5) Treatments – CPAP machine has become highly effective for individuals with a moderate to severe diagnosis, for mild to moderate forms- people can use a portable dental device to create a larger airway.
How does sleep apnea fit into being a mental health issue? Good question. My job as a counselor would be to help treat your anxiety, depression, and self-medicating issues (potential addictions) that are secondary symptoms as a result of the primary problem.
If you or loved one is suffering from a sleeping disorder, be sure to share these strategies on how to identify and manage symptoms.
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