In addition to sleep apnea treatments it is also important to make lifestyle changes. Through these changes, you can improve your sleep and eliminate your symptoms of sleep apnea—it’s a win/win for your health and your sleep! Here are three lifestyle changes you should start making immediately.

Quit Smoking. We have all been told that smoking is harmful to your overall health. But did you know it could be leading to your sleep apnea? If you quit smoking, you not only can potentially improve your health, but your sleep apnea as well. Quitting may be difficult, but the end result is worth it. Protect your health and improve your sleep by quitting today!

Lose Weight, Exercise More. These two go hand-in-hand. One of the leading causes of sleep apnea is obesity. Due to being overweight, your airway can become blocked. By losing weight you can improve your sleep and eliminate your symptoms, while also improving your overall health. To lose weight it is important to get regular exercise, even if that means only 30 minutes a day. Through exercise you can improve your health while getting a better night’s sleep.

Eliminate or Minimize Alcohol. While you may enjoy winding down after a difficult day with a beer or wine, it is important to understand that excessive drinking can be detrimental to your health and sleep. Minimize your alcohol intake or stop completely to further improve your health and sleep.

Contact our Warrenton dentist, Dr. Bonnie Foster, to learn more about what lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health and sleep. By treating sleep apnea and making lifestyle changes, you can get a better night’s sleep while improving your overall health.