How to Manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft palate, tongue, or tonsils obstruct the airway during sleep and prevent you from breathing properly. The obstruction restricts the airway to such a degree that your brain does not get the oxygen it needs. This forces you into a cycle of waking up, often gasping for air, then returning to sleep. Not only is your brain deprived of oxygen, but your body is deprived of a good night’s sleep. This results in real health complications, like high blood pressure, as well as quality of life issues. Many people who suffer with obstructive sleep apnea have a hard time staying awake during the day and have difficulty concentrating.

Lifestyle Changes Can Improve Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Your lifestyle may be impacting your obstructive sleep apnea and your ability to keep it under control.

Consume less alcohol. If you have a few drinks every night before bed, you are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Cutting back on how much you drink or stopping altogether can help reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.

 Exercise and eat right. Maintaining a healthy weight can also have a positive impact on your sleep apnea symptoms. Recent studies have demonstrated that losing weight can reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea and in some cases, cure the problem. Simply improving your diet and exercising for 30 minutes can help you stay fit and minimize the sleep apnea.

Better sleep habits. Sleeping on your back can aggravate obstructive sleep apnea, and so can other bad habits like late night screen time. Adjusting your sleep time routine, incorporating natural light and ambient sounds, and sleeping on your side can all improve obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

If you believe you have obstructive sleep apnea and lifestyle changes are not making a difference, you may need to seek treatment. In addition to CPAP masks, there are a number of other treatments including dental devices and surgery.

If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea or UARS, it is important to see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine in order to properly diagnose and treat your condition. Call 203-245-0412 today, or schedule an appointment using this form.

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We regret to announce that we will be closing the practice for in person and telehealth services for Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment as of 9/30/2023. The Practice was formerly owned by Dr. Malhotra and was located at 86 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443.

In February 2022, Waterstone acquired Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment under Dr. Thomas Abbenante, who has been working with patients in Greenwich and New Haven offices.

If you are seeking new services, please contact your health insurance company who can provide you with a list of providers that are in network with your current plan. For additional information or referrals, you can also contact the Connecticut State Medical Society at or by calling 203-865-0587.

For current or previous patients, please contact our agency for information regarding your account, appointments, or medical records. You may reach us at 203-245-0412 or fax requests to 203-427-0441. You will receive mailed information detailing closure and any follow-up instructions.

Please note that the business mailing address for Dr. Abbenante and Sleep and Neuroscience is:

Dr. Thomas Abbenante
Sleep & Neuroscience Department
c/o Waterstone Counseling Centers, LLC
86 Bradley Road
Madison, CT  06443