Have you ever noticed if your sleep patterns change with the seasons? As crisp and beautiful as fall time can be, this season can also affect your sleep apnea. This can be due to multiple influences, such as the change in temperature and humidity, the amount of sunlight, differences in pressure, and increases in pollen. But even with these changes, there are still ways that you can minimize disruptions with your sleep no matter the cause. Here are some tips to try and address any problems you may encounter:
- Allergies: Suffering from fall time allergies can affect both your waking hours and sleeping ones too. Close windows at night, try to shower before bed to wash off any pollen in your hair, and use your dryer instead of line drying.
- Get outside: Getting outside to exercise is especially important. Exercise can help you relax physically, making sleep easier. It can also help you lose weight, which is especially beneficial for those with sleep apnea. Better yet, it lets you get a daily dose of Vitamin D naturally.
- Fall cleaning: This is a great time to do some fall cleaning – of your CPAP machine. Give every piece of equipment a thorough wash with the right solutions. Replace filters. Examine your equipment carefully for parts that need to be repaired or replaced.
- Combat weather changes. Changes in the weather can wreak havoc on your sinuses. If you anticipate such changes, take pain medication, as directed by a medical professional, to relieve the pain and swelling, which will help you get a better night’s sleep.
Some people love the fall time. But if you have sleep apnea, you may not find it as enjoyable. However, if you follow the tips above, you can help alleviate issues and enjoy this crisp season to its fullest.