Winter. It hardly seems like it can almost be that time already, but believe it or not - it’s right around the corner. It’s time to prepare so when the cold, dry air comes rushing in, you’re ready. It’s easy to prepare to stay warm by gathering up your blankets, coats, hats and mittens, but you also need to prepare for your health as it is flu season and if you have respiratory issues that can mean much worse. Read on to see what you should be doing to protect yourself in the upcoming months!
Tips to Protect Your Body This Winter
There are many things you can do to protect yourself from the strong canadian winters, but here is a list to remind you just what you should be doing to stay safe!
- Wear layers: Always have a hat, coat, gloves and blankets with you, especially when you’re traveling in case of an emergency.
- Cover your entire body: You want to make sure that when you are outdoors, your entire body is covered to avoid any chance of getting frostbite.
- Check the forecast: Know if there is a winter storm coming before it happens by keeping up-to-date with all of the winter storms!
- Stay inside when you can: If you need to go outside, make sure that you are not outdoors for a long period of time and that someone always knows where you are.
- Get your heat checked: You want to do this before winter comes! Knowing your heat is properly working gives you a peace of mind for when you’ll need it most.
- Buy a humidifier: Canada is known for its “dry-cold” winters. If you have sleep apnea, invest in a CPAP humidifier. If not, simply get a humidifier for your home!
- Get your flu shot: With winter comes the flu. Getting your flu shot will help prevent you and others around you from getting sick!
- Wash your hands: Keeping your hands clean means staying healthy! If you are on the go, always carry hand sanitizer with you as a backup!
These are all tips that any Canadian can utilize, but if you are a Canadian that has sleep apnea, you want to make sure you’re taking all precautions. People are naturally prone to sleeping more in the winter, which can be both good and bad for individuals with sleep apnea. If you’re already sleepy in the daytime, even while using a CPAP, try working exercise into your routine or even enjoying a small cup of coffee to give you a boost!
No matter what the circumstance, we want to make sure you are staying warm and healthy this winter. If you have concerns with your breathing and want to get things looked at before it is too cold to, don’t hesitate to give PulseAir Heart and Lung Centre a call!