The holiday season is a joyous time of year. From getting together with friends and family to eating delicious meals and travelling, it's always a time to look forward to. But it can also cause unwanted stress that can negatively affect your sleep apnea condition. Follow along below as we outline certain steps you can take to make this holiday season pass by smoothly.
Like a lot of people around the country, you may be travelling this holiday season. Except, you have a few more pieces of luggage to account for before you hit the road: masks, hose setups, battery packs, the actual CPAP machine itself. But before you depart, consider packing extra or replacement CPAP supplies. Here are some additional essentials we think you'll want to have on the road with you1:
Whether you're at a relative’s house or a hotel, staying in an unfamiliar setting with all of your sleep apnea equipment in tow can be a struggle.
Don't let the extra company and/or unfamiliar surroundings affect you negatively. Taking preventative steps like securing sleeping arrangements well before your arrival and finding a secure spot for your device to sit when not in use will help ease any of the added stress of being away from home.
The holidays are a time for reuniting with friends and family, exchanging gifts, taking time off work and of course, indulging in all sorts of delicious food and drink. You're going to be tempted to eat pretty much anything you want—those Thanksgiving Day football games are a foodies delight—but certain foods can have a negative effect on your sleep and sleep apnea condition. Here are some foods to avoid this holiday season2:
Staying at a relative's house or having them stay with you can be heaps of fun. You get to mingle with people you haven't seen in a while and maybe even meet a new niece or nephew or two. But it can also be extremely stressful. Especially if you're carrying around your CPAP machine and all of its corresponding parts. Here's a few tips to keep the family stress of the holiday season to a minimum according to R. Morgan Griffin of WebMD3:
Traveling with your CPAP machine used to cause all sorts of trouble, but not anymore. New products like ResMed's AirMini™—the smallest portable CPAP on the market today—make traveling easy. However, as convenient as traveling with the AirMini may be, problems may still arise when going through airport security. Here are a couple small steps you can take to make your travelling experience as painless as possible4:
Whether you're traveling far or staying close to home, the holiday season always adds a little more pressure to your daily life and this season is no different. Hopefully, you find the above tips helpful in order to make this holiday season as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible.
3 https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/home-for-the-holdays-stress-tips#1 .
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