Why You Should Get Tested for Sleep Apnea
As soon as you know you are a snorer, it’s crucial to get a sleep test to see if you have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition that increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, car accidents, dementia, cancer, and more. In addition, sleep apnea can heavily decrease your quality of life and cost you thousands of dollars in additional health care costs each year.
An estimated 80% or more of people with sleep apnea are undiagnosed, and is one of its most noticeable symptoms. Take advantage of this occasion to learn whether you have this treatable condition or enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have simple snoring. A home sleep test is easy–you can take it over just a few nights in the comfort of your bed. It’s also inexpensive, and insurance may even cover the cost.
Home Remedies for Snoring
If you know that you don’t have sleep apnea, you can consider trying to treat snoring at home. Skip the patent medicine aisle at the drug store and do what you can at home. This includes:
- Changing your sleeping position
- Changing alcohol consumption
- Getting more exercise
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
Some sleep positions make it easier for gravity to pull your airway closed. You are most likely to snore if you sleep flat on your back. Learn to sleep on your side or with your head elevated using a wedge pillow to reduce snoring.
Drinking less alcohol can help cut down on your snoring. If you don’t want to drink less, ensure you’re not drinking within three hours of bedtime.
Getting more exercise will help tone airway muscles. Some people suggest specific airway exercises, but there’s no evidence that this generally works better than just getting more exercise.
Losing weight and quitting smoking are both easier said than done. Likely, you’ve already been told how good this will be for your health. Add snoring to the list of reasons you should make these important changes.