This is because with modern advancements, the prospective treatment for your OSA is easier and more efficient than ever. Today’s treatments make it a simple task to breathe easy during the night with little inconvenience.
However, there are a few things that can throw a wrench in the overall effectiveness of your OSA treatment, after a diagnosis. So keep an eye out for the following factors that can hinder your ability to tackle your OSA.
Alcohol, sleep aids, and certain prescription drugs, (especially those that cause drowsiness), can all enhance the severity of your OSA. This is because they all interfere with your sleep cycles.
You may initially find it easier to fall asleep with any of these substances. But you’re much more likely to wake up during the night, wake up feeling groggy, or disrupt your regular sleep cycle and sleep stages.
As such, talk to your doctor or sleep specialist if you use any substances that may interfere with your treatment after you are diagnosed. This way you can ensure that medication or alcohol use won’t interfere with your new and healthier sleeping routine.
Travel can affect the success of your OSA treatments simply because some methods for treating OSA are not very portable.
CPAP machines are a prime offender when it comes to travel-related issues. They are difficult to pack and take along on flights, camping trips, and other adventures where bulky equipment can slow you down.
So opt for a more convenient and streamlined treatment for your OSA from the get go. A modern oral device can be packed along with ease, to use wherever you land.
OSA and weight gain are inherently linked, and you may find that it’s actually easier to lose weight once you begin treating your obstructive sleep apnea. This is because you have more energy, are less hungry, and are functioning better across the board.
However, it’s important to keep an eye on your diet and lifestyle to ensure that weight gain doesn’t adversely affect your OSA and treatments further by putting added pressure on your neck and throat muscles, especially if you are overweight or obese.
One of the most important factors to finding an effective treatment is finding a treatment that you can live with. Treating OSA is not a quick-fix, and usually, you’ll need to use your treatment for the long haul in order for it to be effective.
So talk with your sleep specialist or doctor about your options, and consider them carefully. Many people give up using more dated or elaborate treatment options, like CPAP machines, because they are loud, uncomfortable, hard to set up, or difficult to maintain.
But with modern options out there, like oral treatments that simply fit into your mouth and which require no extra work, it’s easier than ever to find an obstructive sleep apnea treatment that you can live with for the long term.
Wake up feeling groggy and feel fatigued all day? It could be sleep apnea. Contact us to find out about diagnosis and treatment.