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Take a break, but not from your CPAP therapy

Whatever the time of year, taking a holiday means that your normal routine will be difficult to maintain. That’s before you’ve even factored in jet lag, later nights, lie ins and climate variations.

With that in mind, it can be tempting to take a break from your CPAP therapy as well. Unsurprisingly we don’t recommend skipping therapy as it can not only be bad for your health but also spoil your fun. Of course fun is the key word when it comes to holiday and it’s important to get the balance right. But keeping on top of your sleep routine will help keep your energy up, so here’s a few tips from us.

  1. Try to keep your bedtime ritual the same. Even if you’re going to bed an hour or two later than usual, try and make up for it at the other end of the night and maintain consistency during your holiday. If you have a long haul flight and time lag, you’ll find our jet lag busting tips useful too.
  2. Try to be as organised as possible for your trip before you go. Travelling and jet lag can take it out of everyone, but it’s compounded when you’re tackling sleep apnoea too. So the more you can do before you travel, the less you have to worry about. Check out our free guide to travelling with CPAP here.
  3. Avoid overeating and drinking too much – food and alcohol can play a huge part in your holiday, but just like anything else, keep it within moderation. Larger portions, often richer and with additional courses, especially at night, can cause discomfort such as heartburn and affect the quality of your sleep. Similarly, drinking alcohol is proven to actually disrupt sleep, and we all know how terrible you will feel the next day.  Keep these things in moderation if you can.
  4. Keep moving! Of course, it is your time to rest and relax, but if you already have an exercise routine, you are no doubt aware of the benefits, such as improved mood and maintaining a healthy weight. Even if you swap your usual routine for walking and swimming – try to maintain a similar activity level.
  5. Take a holiday from your mobile and other devices. Being away is a great reason to switch off your phone and leave your laptop at home. If you’re used to using your phone or laptop at night and before bed time, you might be surprised at the positive impact not having devices in your life for a few days can have. Studies have proven that the blue light emitted from electronic devices actually reduces your brain’s ability to help your body wind down to sleep.

You can’t beat a holiday, so in brief – try and keep to your routine, without being too hard on yourself and make the most of the opportunity to relax.

 

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