Are you ready to get out there and live it up in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day? Did you ever stop to think about how this green-hued holiday might end up having a negative effect on your sleep apnea? Surprisingly enough, we encourage you consider a couple suggestions for a moment to ensure you carefully plan out your exciting festivities. Don’t worry – you’re not going to have to stay home and miss the fun. However, keeping a couple tips in mind will help you maintain the usual effectiveness of your sleep apnea treatment.

Skip The Green Beer

It’s true that there are few more laughable ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a few sips of green-dyed beer that leaves your entire mouth a less-than-enviable shade of shamrock. However, when it comes to protecting your sleep apnea treatment, it’s extremely important that you continue to avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime. Since alcohol relaxes your body’s muscles – throat muscles included – it may contribute to the collapse of throat tissues that occur during sleep apnea events. Avoid interrupting your treatment and instead reach for a green alternative (or ask for a non-alcoholic beer).

Going Outdoors? Protect Your Airways!

Second only to the fun of green beer is the chance to enjoy this holiday outdoors. Whether you’re watching your town dye the river green for the day, enjoying a parade, or simply spending some time in the fresh air with friends and family, you might overlook one thing: March is often a common time of year for pollens to affect your airways. If you suffer from allergies, remember to take your allergy pill to prevent congestion. The same goes for other concerns, such as asthma. Remember to pack on the protection for your air passages for the day and your sleep apnea treatment will benefit!

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