At Guildford Smiles Dentistry, we understand sleep apnea can bring some significant challenges to your life. Our Surrey dentists describe how you can help control this serious condition - and changes you can make to support better sleep and overall health.
How can I stay healthy after a sleep apnea diagnosis?
You’ve finally started to find some answers after officially being diagnosed with sleep apnea. But what’s next - and how can you ensure you get the restful sleep you need and deserve - and that you remain healthy overall?
Here are aspects of your life you can control that can also help sleep apnea - not to mention support general health and well-being.
Do you snack more when you’re sleepy or tired? Once you start to get treated for sleep apnea, you may find it easier to resist the urge to snack, eat healthier and manage your weight.
Plus, eating a well-balanced diet including fruits and vegetables will help preserve your oral health.
Daily exercise is a must for everyone, and particularly for those with sleep apnea. Dedicating time to even casual exercise will help you relax from tension, improve circulation, lower blood pressure and reduce your risk for heart attack or stroke.
A few ideas: instead of parking in the closest parking spot when you go shopping or to work, park a further distance away and walk. You may consider taking a short walk each day to get some fresh air, or even joining an exercise program. Enlisting a friend in your efforts can also be a good idea. However, check with your doctor before starting any weight loss or exercise program, or making any lifestyle changes.
Tell Your Health Professionals About Your Diagnosis
Anyone looking after your health or prescribing medications or treatments for you should be aware of your sleep apnea diagnosis - your doctor and dentist may be the first people you think of, but don’t forget to tell your optometrist, pharmacist, and any specialists.
If you are undergoing outpatient clinic tests or procedures and taking sedation, inform anyone on your health team that you have sleep apnea.