#Behavioral therapy is the simplest sleep apnea treatment available, and should be a component of virtually every program of treatment. Many cases of sleep apnea are caused or worsened by behavioral factors, and for people with mild sleep apnea especially behavioral therapy may be sufficient to accomplish good results. For patients with more severe cases may benefit from behavior therapy as supplemental to their use of an oral appliance, medication, surgery, or CPAP.

In order to understand what types of behavior modification will be most effective in your case, a comprehensive diagnosis of sleep apnea is desirable, but there are a few things that are generally applicable:

  • Limit alcohol intake, and avoid alcoholic beverages within three hours of going to bed.
  • Limit sleeping pills, antihistamines, or psychiatric medications that produce excessive sleepiness.
  • Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.
  • Reduce your intake of dairy products before bed, since these can increase clogging mucous production.
  • If you are overweight, a healthy weight loss plan might be called for. 70% of obstructive sleep apnea sufferers are overweight. Sometimes, even a small amount of weight loss can reduce the occurrence of apneic events.
  • Quitting smoking improves the ability of your throat and lungs to deliver oxygen to your bloodstream.
  • Allow adequate time for sleep. Without sufficient time, your body cannot enter nourishing deep sleep or REM sleep, even without the effects of sleep apnea.
  • Go to bed and rise at a consistent time, even on the weekends.
  • Improve air quality in your home by reducing allergens and using a humidifier if necessary.

Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds, and at least 5 times in an hour.
But there is help out there!

To learn more about how behavior therapy can help your sleep apnea symptoms, contact the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center for a free initial consultation.

Call us today at 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK