Lifestyle Adjustments for Sleep Apnea

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Many residents of the Tulare-area suffer from sleep apnea. This serious condition does not just affect the quality of your sleep. It puts you at risk of significant health problems, including heart disease.

Tulare Sleep Apnea Dentist Dr. Greg Miyake has decades of experience treating sleep apnea, and he can evaluate your condition and determine a course of treatment that is appropriate for your specific needs.

However, while sleep apnea often has a lot of complicated causes, it is frequently linked to a number of lifestyle factors. This means that with some concerted effort and needed adjustments you can go a long way toward addressing your sleep apnea problems yourself.

If you live in the Tulare, California area and you’re suffering from sleep apnea, we can help. Please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake at 559-224-0103

Some Things You Can Change

We’ve learned a lot about sleep apnea over the years, and we’ve discovered a number of fascinating connections between certain factors and obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Miyake will answer any sleep apnea questions you have and ask you some of his own in order to determine the best way of treating your condition.

Studies indicate that you can improve your sleep and reduce snoring tendencies by:

  • Sleeping on your side: At least twice as many apneas occur in patients who sleep on their side as opposed to those who sleep on their back. So you might be able to make significant progress simply by changing your sleeping position.
  • Losing weight: Sleep apnea is associated quite strongly with obesity. An excess of fatty tissue on the neck makes it easier for the soft tissue in your airway to collapse, thus leading to sleep apnea. Losing weight might not solve all of your sleep apnea issues, but it will certainly help.
  • Stop smoking, reduce drinking: You should stop smoking completely if you are suffering from sleep apnea. You can still drink alcohol, but you should avoid it for at least four hours before you go to bed.

Of course, even the healthiest lifestyle is no guarantee. You might still suffer from sleep apnea after taking all these steps.

If that’s the case, Dr. Miyake can use his decades of experience to devise a sleep apnea treatment that is appropriate for you.

If you live in the Tulare, California area and you’re suffering from sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake today for more information.