Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

How To Treat Sleep Apnea

by Freddie Cox

If you find yourself always tired when you wake up and your spouse complains of you snoring really loudly, then you may have a medical condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to stop several times during the middle of the night. This can result in serious health conditions, such as heart problems or even stroke. Because sleep apnea is so serious, it's important that you consult with your doctor about sleep apnea treatment. Before you go in for your first doctors appointment, this article will go over a few of the things that your doctor may suggest. Are you interested in learning more? If so, read on. 

Lose Weight

if you are overweight, then your doctor may suggest that you lose some weight. Why? The extra weight around your middle section and chest may be restricting your ability to breathe. Plus, losing weight is also really good for your heart as well. To lose weight, make sure that you use a combination of both exercising and eating a lean diet. Just make sure that you discuss which diet plans are best for your health with your doctor. 

Sleep with Your Head Elevated

This won't be a cure-all for your sleep apnea, but sleeping with your head elevated definitely can help open your airways. If you do not currently own a foam pillow, then it may be time to invest in one. Why? Foam pillows typically have more support in them, which means that they will be able to prop your head up all night long. 

Get a CPAP Machine

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a machine that is used to help open your airways and administer oxygen to you so that you can sleep better and do not stop breathing. The one thing to know about CPAP machines though is that they have to be prescribed to you; you can not just pick one up from the grocery store. During your initial appointment with your doctor, they may do some exams to see whether or not you will need a CPAP. If you do, you can usually rent one from a medical facility so you don't have to spend the money on the upfront costs. 

If you suffer from sleep apnea, make sure that you get evaluated by your doctor right away so that it doesn't turn into anything worse.


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Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Ever since I was a young girl, I have had bad asthma and allergies. I had to stay in the hospital several times when I was in elementary school just to help get my asthma under control and it seemed like I was trying medication after medication with little success. I don't remember all of my childhood health details, since I was so young, but my mother has "filled in the blanks" for me. Thanks to modern medicine and a natural remedy, my health conditions are currently under control and have been for a few years now. I am very grateful for my good health, and I want to "pay it back" to others by creating a blog where I will post my health tips. I hope I can help you learn how to achieve good health!