In addition to other things you’ve got on your mind during Christmastime (there is a lot to remember, after all), our Riverside, CA team would like to add just one thing to the list: Remember your sleep apnea treatment and do what you can to avoid hazards! What types of hazards, you ask? What could possibly go wrong under the delightfully charming and merry umbrella of holiday wonderment? Well, a few things! Fortunately, when you know what to keep an eye out for, you and your sleep will be just fine!

Treats With Stimulants Or Depressants

This may sound like we’re talking about a cocktail of medication but when it comes to Christmastime, you may not realize that you’re often exposed to stimulants and depressants that with either stimulate your nervous system or relax it. If you don’t have sleep apnea, then this might not be a huge problem. However, if you’re doing what you can to maintain effective sleep apnea treatment and lifestyle choices that support it, then we offer this word to the wise:

  • Coffee beverages usually include caffeine, so be sure to ask for decaf
  • Lots of holiday drinks include alcohol, so do your best to remember to ask for it without
  • Many cocoa drinks actually contain caffeine, so keep this in mind if you plan on sipping in late in the day

A Very Confused Sleep Schedule

There are so many different factors that come into play over the holidays that can turn your sleep schedule around! You might enter another time zone if you travel. You may simply be exhausted from a long car ride to your destination. You might join family and friends who keep different hours than you. The list will go on and on! While it can often be a bit difficult to manage these tweaks to your otherwise consistent sleep schedule that makes sleep apnea treatment a breeze, we encourage you to do your best. We remind you to feel free letting loved ones know that you have to go to bed (or need to sleep in), etc.

Forgetting Your Oral Appliance

You may laugh at this one but whether you are eight years old or 80, it can be easier than you think to leave something important behind if you are headed away from home for your Christmas celebration! Do whatever it takes to remember your sleep apnea treatment (fortunately, a quick travel list is usually all you need).

Keep Up With Sleep Care During Christmastime

Take our team’s suggestions seriously this time of year, so you can enjoy your holiday and maintain your solid sleep you’ve been enjoying as you treat sleep apnea. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.