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Health Tip: Help Manage Sleep Apnea

Suggested lifestyle changes

(HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which breathing stops for 10 to 30 seconds while a person is sleeping. This can happen hundreds of times each night. And although it disturbs sleep, some people may not fully wake up or know that they have the disorder.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says any suspected cases of sleep apnea should be evaluated by a physician. The academy says the following lifestyle changes can help manage sleep apnea:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Discontinue use of any sleep medications.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Lose weight if you're overweight.
  • Sleep on your side, rather than on your back.
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