Some people have sleep apnea every night, but for others, sleep apnea may be only an occasional problem that fluctuates with the seasons or depends on specific circumstances. If this is you, having a sleep apnea treatment that you can easily store and pull out as appropriate can be very helpful.
Why Your Sleep Apnea Might Come and Go
If you have intermittent sleep apnea, it’s likely that you already snore most of the time because you have a narrow airway. Snoring treatment can help you get better sleep every night, but if you’re not treating your snoring, you may want to consider sleep apnea treatment for times when your airway may collapse completely. There are many factors that can impact the openness of your airways, including:
- Seasonal allergies
- Eating certain foods
- Alcohol consumption
- Unusual sleeping position
Allergies are a major factor in sleep apnea that may come and go. Some people may have seasonal allergies that come in the spring or indoor allergies that are triggered by dust and other allergens spread by forced air heating. Some people have mild food allergies that don’t trigger a major allergic response, but may irritate the airway, resulting in swelling that can lead to airway collapse during sleep.
Alcohol consumption relaxes sleeping muscles, resulting in an increased risk of airway collapse. Your sleep position also has a significant impact on the openness of your airway. If you sleep on your side most of the time, but sometimes roll over onto your back, the result may be occasional sleep apnea.
Should You Get Intermittent Sleep Apnea Treated?
You should consider your sleep apnea as serious if it’s affecting your health or your daily life. If you’ve been diagnosed with health disorders that are linked with sleep apnea such as high blood pressure or diabetes, then you should talk to your doctor. Another important indicator is if you’re trying to lose weight but find that dieting and exercise aren’t taking the kilos off. Sleep apnea impacts your metabolism and can make it hard to lose weight.
Sleep apnea treatment is also a good idea if you’re finding that your day-to-day life is being impacted. If you find yourself feeling tired during the day, dozing off at work, or find you just don’t have the drive to do the things you love, then maybe sleep apnea is more of a problem than you think.
The Ideal Treatment for Intermittent Sleep Apnea
If you only have sleep apnea sometimes, you might not want a big CPAP machine in your house. It’s hard to store and hard to keep clean and functioning if you’re not using it all the time. But an oral appliance is easy to store, easy to clean, and can be taken out as necessary.
If you would like to learn more about this easy, convenient sleep apnea treatment option, please call (02) 9686 7375 for an appointment with a Sydney sleep dentist at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills.