I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, and I don't want it to get any worse. What can I do to keep my sleep apnea from progressing? Are there any steps I can take to make my sleep apnea better? I don't want to be tired all the time.
Doctors Answers (2)
Weight gain can affect the severity of sleep apnea. If you are wearing a CPAP, it sounds as if it is not entirely effective. Hopefully, you had an in-lab titration to determine the CPAP pressure you require. You should also have been scheduled for a follow up with the sleep physician that interpreted your study. The Board Certified Sleep Physician that you follow up with will ask if your sleep and daytime sleepiness/fatigue have improved. If you are wearing a CPAP you should make certain that 1. the mask has an effective seal and is not leaking, and 2. That you are set at the correct pressure.
If you were recently diagnosed, there should have recommendations made by the physician. Please check with the center that provided your sleep study, or with your doctor, to obtain the results and recommendations. There are options depending on the diagnosis of your sleep apnea.