Sleep apnea can affect the quality of your life in a variety of ways, especially if you do not take measures to treat or manage it. Fortunately, there are a variety of fairly simple ways to reduce the severity of your symptoms and ultimately thrive, despite the condition. Below, Joseph K. Askinasi, DC, DABCO, in Rye, NY, and New York City shares a few tips for living with sleep apnea.
3 Tips for Managing the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
1. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Carrying around any excess weight can worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea because it can constrict your throat and, subsequently, your breathing. In fact, some individuals manage to beat sleep apnea entirely by losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition to eating a balanced diet, you should also consider getting in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. This can be as simple as taking a brisk walk after dinner. Even without weight loss, regular exercise can help relieve the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
2. Do Not Sleep on Your Back
When you sleep on your back, your soft palate and tongue naturally rest against your throat, essentially blocking your airway. To mitigate this obstruction, make it a point to sleep on your side or stomach instead. If you wake up on your back because you tend to roll over after you fall asleep, consider sewing a tennis ball into the back of your pajamas to prevent this.
3. Seek Chiropractic Treatment
Regular chiropractic treatment can address the underlying cause of your sleep apnea and reduce symptoms significantly. Various treatment approaches can improve posture, restore spinal stability, and realign the muscles and ligaments that are contributing to the condition. Additionally, soft tissue massage can promote deeper breathing and better sleep through relaxation.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and you want to learn some tailored breathing exercises that will improve your respiration, turn to Joseph K. Askinasi, DC, DABCO. You can learn more about the treatments this chiropractor provides for everything from sleep apnea to back pain by visiting his website. To make an appointment and discuss your healthcare needs with someone in Rye, call (914) 481-4692, or dial (212) 557-5822 to talk to someone in New York City.