by Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg, DDS

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is here. This is a busy time of year for many people. Between holiday celebrations, feasts, shopping, and activities with family and friends, life can become stressful. If you suffer from sleep apnea, and are currently receiving treatment, it is important to continue with your treatment plan and any scheduled appointments you have in order to maintain your progress.

Not only does stress affect your sleep apnea, but also changes in routine can disrupt your sleep. Here are some tips.

Stick to your bedtime routine.
It may be tempting to change your sleep routine to be sure that you can accomplish everything on your to-do list, but even a few nights of poor sleep, or changes in your sleep pattern, can cause serious problems.

Don’t overindulge in alcohol or heavy foods.
The holiday season is filled with opportunities to enjoy many different foods, as well as cocktails. Overconsumption of alcohol is not beneficial to anyone, let alone someone with sleep apnea. Alcohol can cause adults to snore and disrupt their breathing during sleep. Eating a large, heavy meal before bedtime can also cause sleep problems. Enjoy alcohol in moderation and try to eat early in the evening when possible.

If you are snoring, experiencing jaw pain, or any complications or setbacks while being treated for sleep apnea or TMJ, reach out to us for help. Learn about our sleep apnea and TMJ-related treatments at To make an appointment at our Amherst office, call at 716-219-0720. To reach our Rochester office, call 585-730-6153.