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In most cases, people suffering from sleep apnea will be offered continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), as the primary treatment therapy. This device works to keep the upper airway open by providing a constant flow of air delivered through a face mask worn while you’re asleep. It is not always easy to live with a CPAP machine for a sleep apnea treatment. But don’t worry, early discomfort and problems can be solved with simple adjustments. If you suffer from sleep apnea, provides several options to treat and prevent common symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.

Here are four realities of living with sleep apnea after being diagnosed with it

Lifestyle changes

Positional therapy: Avoid sleeping in a supine position. Sleeping in this position allows your throat and tongue muscles to relax easier and fall backward into your airway blocking it. For those people with mild OSA, changing sleeping positions can relieve some obstructions.

Smoking, drugs, and alcohol

Quitting or reducing your smoking and alcohol consumption will help relieve certain OSA issues. Smoke is an irritant that causes inflammation of the sensitive tissues in the lungs and throat. Alcohol usually relaxes the throat muscles allowing them to collapse into the airways causing an obstruction.

Exercise and diet: All patients with obstructive sleep apnea that are overweight must attempt a weight loss regimen. Weight loss will reduce snoring and apnea episodes. But with diet and exercise, you will see a positive impact on the quality of your sleep and also a reduction in daytime sleepiness. It is also important to watch the type of food you are eating. It is also recommended to avoid heavy meals within three hours of bedtime.

 These are some examples of food you will like to avoid before going to bed:

  • Red meat
  • Celery
  • Spicy food
  • Dark chocolate

The machine mask

Getting comfortable sleeping with your mask will be the most difficult part of your treatment. Studies estimate that 30-50%  of CPAP users don’t like the treatment. It is recommended to go into your local sleep center or clinic to test out the masks available. This will allow you to find a mask most suitable to your face.

Traveling with sleep apnea

Don’t let obstructive sleep apnea stop you from traveling around the world. OSA patients can now travel with ease. Some ideas to keep in mind when traveling are to:

  • Pack your machine as a carry-on
  • Bring your prescription with you
  • Check with the airlines about onboard use and electrical outlets

You might feel that you are the only one with this condition, but you need to know that you are not alone. It is estimated that 12-25 million of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and 80% of people who have OSA remain undiagnosed. Sleep apnea might be exhausting, but with all the existing treatments and devices, this condition can be positively reduced. This video might help you understand how it is living with sleep apnea because it provides an example of people living with this condition.