Having sleep apnea can lead to you having issues with sleeping whether it be falling asleep or staying asleep. The first step you can take to help you get better sleep is to start practicing good sleeping habits. If you are interested in learning some good sleep habits that you can start to incorporate in your life to help better your sleep, continue to read.  

Maintain a Good Sleep Schedule 

In order to maintain a good sleep schedule, it is a good idea to go to bed and wake up roughly at the same time each day. Try to limit the difference between when you go to sleep and wake up on the weekends to no more than an hour. Having a consistent sleep schedule will allow your body to adapt to a normal sleep cycle. If you are having trouble falling asleep for 20 minutes or more, try leaving your bedroom and doing something relaxing such as meditating, listening to relaxing music or reading. Head back to your room when you feel tired. Repeat if needed.  

Avoid Naps During the Day 

Napping in the late afternoon or early evening can disrupt your sleep for the night. If you do choose to take a nap, it is a good idea to limit the nap to 30 minutes to make sure it is not too late in the day. However, if you work at night, then taking a nap late in the day is okay in order to help make up your sleep.  

Pay Attention to What You Eat and Drink 

It is not a good idea to go to bed hungry or stuffed - particularly avoid heavy meals a few hours before you go to sleep as your discomfort can keep you awake. You want to also make sure you stay away from nicotine, coffee and alcohol as well, as they all can affect your quality of sleep.

Create a Good Bedroom Environment 

Make your room one that is ideal for sleeping. This can include making sure that your room is cool, dark and quiet. By having excess light, it can make it more difficult to both fall and stay asleep. Also, avoid using devices that emit light such as phones, computers or televisions right before bed as well. If you cannot seem to get your room dark or quiet enough, try using black out curtains, an eye mask or earplugs in order to get the best sleep possible.  

Wake up feeling rested by implementing these few tips into your life. These tips will help you sleep better at night while having sleep apnea. Remember, the first step in managing your sleep disorders is to have healthy sleeping habits. If you suffer from sleep apnea, view our CPAP therapy today!