If you have sleep apnea, you may be concerned that it will keep you from enjoying time with family and friends on Halloween. Late-night parties can often extend beyond your bedtime, leaving you feeling fatigued the next day. Instead of planning to feel like a zombie the day after the festivities, learn how you can manage your condition without sacrificing holiday fun.
Plan Your Schedule Ahead of Time
Your friends may be preparing to host a Halloween party that will go down in history as one of the best, but if you want to avoid feeling tired the next day, stick to a schedule that works with your sleep patterns.
While it may not be what the rest of your peers are doing, leaving the party at a reasonable time will ensure that you make it home and in bed so that you can get an adequate amount of sleep. When you wake up the next morning, you won’t be dragging into work exhausted like everyone else!
Limit How Much Caffeine or Alcohol You Consume
It’s natural to turn to caffeine or alcohol at a party, but if you suffer from sleep apnea, it may derail your schedule when it’s time to go to bed. It can also cause your throat tissues to collapse more easily throughout the night, resulting in interrupted sleep.
You’ll need to decide how much these beverages impact your bedtime routine. If you’re in doubt, stick to water, as it will keep you hydrated and able to get a restful night’s sleep.
Don’t Neglect Your Oral Appliance
When it’s time to head to bed, no matter the time, make sure you insert your oral appliance. You may be tired, but you’ll be even more fatigued if you decide to fall asleep without it.
Oral appliances are much more user-friendly than a CPAP device, so all it takes is popping it into your mouth before bed. Think of it as one more quick step you’ll need to take as part of your bedtime routine – one that will help you to feel well-rested when you wake up the next morning.
Forgoing Halloween fun doesn’t have to be your reality just because you have sleep apnea. Making the right decisions before ever leaving your house will ensure that you enjoy the festivities without neglecting the necessary rest.
About the Practice
At Advanced Smile Design, sleep is a priority. We know our patients crave a good night’s rest, which is why our team of professionals is here to offer oral appliance therapy to those who struggle to breathe throughout the night. Even when the holidays arrive, which can be a difficult time for anyone with sleep apnea, our team can recommend ways to navigate these special occasions without sacrificing sleep quality. Contact us at (215) 659-3334 to learn how we can help.