If you are looking forward to getting out and traveling this summer, now is the time to be planning your trips. For those with sleep apnea, that means planning how to treat sleep apnea while you travel.
If you like to travel, you should consider oral appliance therapy. Even if you use a different treatment at home, oral appliance therapy benefits you while traveling.
Keep Treating Sleep Apnea While Traveling
Many people consider leaving their sleep apnea treatment at home when they travel. However, there are good reasons to keep up your sleep apnea treatment while traveling.
First, sleep apnea is a severe threat to your health. If you don’t treat your sleep apnea, you put yourself at elevated risk of cumulative damage to your heart, blood vessels, and brain.
You probably remember what life was like before you got sleep apnea treatment. Sleep apnea symptoms like low energy, lack of interest, and irritability make life less enjoyable for you and those around you. Being on vacation or traveling for work are terrible times to revisit that experience.
Sleep apnea might very well be worse while you’re traveling, too. You’re likely to drink more alcohol, causing your airway muscles to relax. In addition, you might encounter more irritants in the air when traveling than you do at home.
Finally, there’s the issue of snoring, which sleep apnea treatment helps control. Who wants to share a hotel room or tent with you when you’re snoring?