At Scott 72 Dental Centre, we understand that sleep apnea can negatively impact many facets of your life. Our Delta BC dentists explain how you can help manage this serious condition - and which actions you can take to support better sleep and overall health.
How can I stay healthy after a sleep apnea diagnosis?
You’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have finally started to discover some answers. But what’s next - and how can you make sure you get the restorative, restful sleep you need and deserve - and that you stay healthy in general?
Here are some aspects of your life that can improve with the right attention. Taking the actions described here may help your sleep apnea and support your overhaul health and well-being.
You know that getting daily exercise into your routine is important - but it’s especially essential if you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Setting aside time for even casual exercise will help lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk for heart attack or stroke, improve circulation and relieve tension.
Build opportunities for exercise into your day. For example, park a further distance away from the office or the store instead of taking the closest parking spot. A short walk each day will allow you to get some fresh air and much-needed time away from the screen, and an exercise program is a chance to get in some guided workout time.
You might also want to bring a friend along. However, always check with your doctor before making any changes to your lifestyle, or beginning any weight loss or exercise program.
Have you noticed that you crave more sugary or salty snacks when you’re tired or sleepy? Once you’ve received your diagnosis of sleep apnea and start to consider lifestyle changes, resting the urge to snack, managing your weight and eating healthfully should be high on your list of priorities.
Tell Your Health Professionals About Your Diagnosis
Anyone who’s prescribing medications or looking after your health should know about your sleep apnea diagnosis - your doctor and dentist will likely be the first people you consider, but don’t forget to tell your pharmacist, optometrists, and any specialists.