Raise your hand if you’re feeling more stressed lately. You’re not alone. Almost everyone is experiencing a higher level of stress right now, and you may be wondering if stress is aggravating your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Stress and sleep apnea are very poor bedfellows, and stress can impact your sleep.
The Stress – Sleep Apnea Connection
When you are stressed or anxious, it not only makes it more difficult for you to sleep, but you also adopt habits that are not conducive to your health with sleep apnea. You may drink more, exercise less, smoke, or stop wearing your CPAP. All of these stress-related behaviors will have a direct impact on your sleep, even if the stress itself does not cause or worsen sleep apnea. When you are feeling a great deal of stress, self-care is more important than ever, especially getting enough exercise and avoiding alcohol.
Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you have stopped wearing your CPAP, whether because of your stress and struggle to sleep at night, or because you are not tolerant of the mask anyway and this was a good excuse to stop, finding an alternative treatment for your sleep apnea is crucial. A good night’s sleep works wonders on stress levels. CPAP is not your only option for treatment.
Finding Ways to Reduce Stress
As ironic as it is, good sleep is the best neutralizer for stress, so make sure you are treating your sleep apnea, getting to bed at a reasonable hour, and avoiding alcohol binges. Other ways to reduce your stress levels include being out in nature, meditation, exercise, and spending time – even virtually – with friends.
If you believe you or a bed partner may be suffering from sleep apnea, the first step toward an accurate diagnosis and treatment is consulting with a sleep apnea expert. Ear, nose, and throat specialists at eos sleep have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Our practice offers a wide variety of minimally invasive treatment options, customized to fit your personal needs. Call 1-212-873-6036 today or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about eos sleep treatment options.