Watch for Sleep Apnea Symptoms
If you have had sleep apnea in the past, you might remember what it feels like. However, if you’ve forgotten, or if you’ve never had sleep apnea, it’s worthwhile to review the common symptoms:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Waking up feeling unrested
- Fatigue or loss of drive
- Low mood, irritability, or depression
- Memory problems
- Loss of joy
Clearly, these symptoms can be a big problem for trying to enjoy the holiday season. If you start to experience them, it’s time to try to ramp up your daily exercise routine.
Daily exercise through the winter can help combat sleep apnea and related problems because it:
- Keeps muscles in good tone to support airway
- Helps avoid weight gain
- Makes you tired by the end of the day
- Supports circadian rhythm
One cause of obstructive sleep apnea is that your muscles have a hard time holding your airway open at night. You can help them by maintaining a good exercise routine. This most likely won’t be dedicated to your neck and jaw, but it helps.
Your airway is also more likely to collapse if you have more fat pressing down on the airway when you sleep. On average, people gain 1-2 pounds over the winter. Avoiding holiday or winter weight gain can help you keep your airway open.
Being active and getting good exercise in the day makes it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Daily activity supports good circadian rhythm, especially if you exercise outside whenever possible.
Unfortunately, many people let their exercise routine slack in the winter. Here’s how you can stay active all season long.