The last several months of the year are probably busy enough for you as it is without having to deal with lost sleep. It is estimated that over 22 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea during the holidays that keeps them from getting enough rest each night. If you find yourself among those millions, your Denver doctor has some tips to share that can help you fight against the struggles of sleep apnea so that you can enjoy the holidays this year.
Tips for Fighting Sleep Apnea Over the Holidays
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you know how difficult it is to try and carry on with life when you’re exhausted. During the holidays, the busyness of your schedule and endless to-do lists might make the condition worse. Here are a few tips to help you fight the struggles this season so that you can get the most out of it:
Plan Ahead if You’re Traveling
Holidays often involve traveling and traveling can mean different time zones. No one likes jet lag, but it’s especially hard to overcome if you already have a hard time sleeping at night. If you’re spending any time out of town this season, make sure to plan out time to rest before and after you hop on a plane or get in the car.
Make Time for Rest
Schedules seem to fill up quicker than ever during the holidays, and your calendar is probably no different. The busyness of the holidays can make for late nights and early mornings. In the midst of it all, make sure to schedule times of rest for yourself, and don’t be afraid to curl up for a nap or two!
Set Up Optimal Sleep Conditions
If you are going to be spending time away from home during the holiday season, it can be difficult to sleep comfortably in an unfamiliar bed. Do your best to set up your sleeping arrangement in a similar way that you are accustomed to in order to help yourself feel as relaxed as possible when going to bed.
Don’t Forget to Use Your Oral Appliance
The holidays can get crazy quickly with travel, company, plans, and events, and with all of the activity it can be easy to fall out of habits you’ve made. It’s important to prioritize wearing the oral appliance your doctor has prescribed even when your busy to help you fight difficulty breathing at night.
Having sleep apnea doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable this holiday season. Talk to your doctor about how you can fight the struggle and stay rested this year.
About the Author
Dr. Glenn Thompson and Dr. Gary Radz lead the team of experts at Downtown Denver Sleep Solutions. For years, they have been improving the lives of their patients by helping them get more rest and sleep better at night. Their extensive experience and passion for building long-lasting relationships with everyone they care for make them the ideal practice to visit. Are you ready to sleep better? Request an appointment online or call (303) 377-5337.