We continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic, which can be uncertain at times. This uncertainty and added stress can make it harder to settle down for a good night’s rest each night. And when you miss out on that sleep, it can end up weakening your immune system. That means you could be at a higher risk for severe COVID-19. If the added stress of the pandemic and sleep apnea are interrupting your sleep, there are some things you can do to help.

Perform breathing exercises

When you are suffering from added stress, it can lead to insomnia. And when that happens, it can lead to worsening of anxiety. On top of that, you might experience irritability, feelings of being overwhelmed and a lack of energy. We all cope with stress in different ways, but one way to help is to practice breathing exercises. 

To do this, inhale for 4 seconds. Then hold your breath for 7 seconds. And lastly, exhale for 8 seconds. This breathing exercise actually mimics the same breathing pattern as the onset of sleep. Performing this activity can, in turn, help nudge your body toward sleep.

Follow a healthy sleep schedule

When you maintain a healthy sleep schedule, your body operates best. That means following a sleep schedule that is consistent and predictable. It also means you need to be mindful of when you go to bed as well as the time you wake up each morning. 

By adhering to normal bedtimes and wake times, it helps you to avoid extra napping throughout the day, even if you are tempted to do so. 

If you suffer from–or suspect you might suffer from–sleep apnea, contact us at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions to learn more about your treatment options. We are here to help you get a better night’s sleep during the pandemic and beyond.