Your Thanksgiving guests went home, and the turkey-supplied Tryptophan lulled you into a deep sleep. That night, you may have received a loving jab to your ribs, as your partner tried to make the unbearably loud snoring stop!
Did you notice, or did you hear, that you snored with extra voracity that night? Maybe you suffered from obstructive sleep apnea, as snoring is one easily identified symptom.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but it is far from your last holiday meal. Keep in mind these three causes of sleep apnea, as you enter the holiday season.
1. Lack of sleep
Disrupting your normal sleep pattern and not getting enough sleep can increase your sleep drive for the following night. Holiday gatherings and the associated prep time can lead to late nights. As your lack of sleep persists, breathing irregularities can increase and lead to sleep apnea.
2. Large meals
Large meals, especially when eaten less than two hours before bedtime, can lead to increased pressure on the diaphragm and worsened breathing. People who suffer from sleep apnea can experience more severe bouts after eating a large meal close to bedtime.
3. Alcohol consumption
Alcohol is a sedative and can lead to breathing irregularities and sleep apnea. If you imbibed a few drinks with your Thanksgiving meal, the alcohol could have increased your odds of snoring and experiencing sleep apnea.
The University of Maryland recommends a few lifestyle changes you can try, to address sleep apnea.
If your problem persists, talk to Dr. Hedgecock about sleep apnea and visit us at Sleep Better Austin.