What is sleep apnea?
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
What causes sleep apnea?
Getting treatment for sleep apnea
Caring for someone with sleep apnea
People suffering from sleep apnea are often unaware of the fact that they have a problem breathing during their sleep. It is the family that usually notices the loud snoring and gasping during sleep, or the coworkers who notice the sleepiness during work. As a caregiver you should try and talk to the person about seeking professional help. A person suffering from sleep apnea may grow irritable and moody so it is important that you remain patient and make sure they stick to the treatment plan.
Coping with sleep apnea
Sleep apnea can be a potentially serious problem and can affect your productivity in the long run. You can make some changes to your lifestyle, which can help relieve the stress. Developing a healthy exercise routine and losing weight (if you are overweight) can help reduce OSA. It would be advisable to quit smoking and alcohol. You should try sleeping on your side to avoid your tongue rolling back and blocking your upper airway. These changes are all secondary, and it is of utmost importance that you first consult a doctor regarding your problem.