Many people notice an increase or worsening in their sleep apnea during the holiday season. This is a time of year when getting enough sleep is more important than even, as many of us have busy event calendars full of holiday parties and meals with friends and family.
If you notice that your sleep apnea gets exacerbated during the holidays, follow these tips for managing it:
- As much as you can, keep to your regular sleep routine. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day – even on the weekends. You might not have to get up and get going right away, but waking up at the same time every day is an important habit that sets the rhythm in your body. While it is not always possible with the various holiday events that are planned, keep it in mind as a goal.
- Do your best not to eat within the two hours before you go to sleep. Night snacking is a bad habit all year around but, especially during the holidays because the foods that are available for snacking on are usually high in fat and sugar. If you need a snack, make it a serving of fresh fruit and milk.
- Avoid having a television or any kind of electronic in your bedroom. Your bedroom should be the room in your home where you rest and sleep. Having a television in your bedroom is contradictory to this environment. If you need some time to settle down before you go to sleep, lay in bed and read a book or a magazine.
- Don’t overdo the alcohol during the four hours before you go to bed. Alcohol can significantly interrupt the sleep cycle and while, it does make falling asleep come faster, it does nothing good for staying asleep. And, if you have too much you may even forget to put on your CPAP machine all together. A drink or a glass of wine with dinner is perfectly acceptable, just try not to overdo it.
Getting restful sleep is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health. This is especially important during the busy holiday season. Make sure to follow these tips for how to keep your sleep apnea from being exacerbated by holiday season habits.