Does Sleep Apnea Get Worse When the Weather Gets Colder?

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Do Sleep Apnea Symptoms Get Worse in the Winter?

As we approach fall and the colder months ahead, people who suffer from sleep apnea may be in for a worsening of symptoms. Studies have found that sleep apnea symptoms, such as breath cessation and snoring, tend to get worse as the weather gets colder – posing even greater risks to those who struggle with the condition.

Untreated, sleep apnea may result in an increased risk for serious or even fatal disorders including heart attack and stroke, hypertension, and diabetes. It can also result in excessive daytime fatigue, depression, memory and concentration problems, and chronic headaches. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but have not sought treatment, doing so before the colder months can help to reduce these risks while also allowing for a fuller and more restful night’s sleep.

Alternatives to CPAP

One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is CPAP, a device that forces oxygen through tubes or a mask to help maintain proper airflow while you sleep. Not only are these devices potentially uncomfortable and awkward, but several have also been recalled in the past few weeks, leaving many to wonder if there could be a suitable alternative.

At our Ardmore office, we are pleased to offer non-surgical, non-invasive sleep apnea treatment with custom-fitted mouthguards. These intra-oral devices, worn while sleeping, help to keep the tongue in place and the jaw at an appropriate angle to allow for proper airflow all night long. Safe, comfortable, and effective, the Snore Guard® and Tap® 3 Elite can be used to treat varying degrees of sleep apnea, including severe cases, allowing users to remain free from tubing and masks, and helping to ensure the most comfortable night’s rest.

What’s Best for You?

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is important to consider all of your treatment options to ensure you have selected the best solution for your needs. Please call The Office of Dr. Bellisario at 610-642-7024 to schedule a treatment consultation and learn more about effective CPAP alternatives. We welcome patients from the Greater Philadelphia area and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.