Living with sleep apnea can be a nightmare. Day after day the headaches return with the daytime sleepiness, and the utter feeling of exhaustion. These are just some of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Others include poor mood, snoring, dry mouth, weight gain, and even depression. While a CPAP machine can drastically improve the quality of your sleep and therefore your life, there are some other things you can take into consideration if you are living with sleep apnea. Avoid eating sugary foods before bed as this will make it very difficult to sleep while your body processes the sugar. Losing weight is a pretty big tip that has tipped the metaphorical sleep scales of many people across the nation. Limit your alcohol intake and avoid smoking. These things may help you sleep in the short run, however, it is unhealthy to abuse these as sleep aids. If all else fails, visit a doctor and they should be able to either prescribe you medication for sleep apnea, or they will have great advice in lifestyle changes that may be causing this problem.