How To Get Rid of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where your breathing is slightly interrupted when you’re asleep. People suffering from this disorder are probably not aware of these brief breathing pauses that occur hundreds of times a night, preventing you from having your natural sleep rhythm
Types of Sleep Apnea
- Obstructive sleep apnea happens to be the is the most common type of sleep apnea and It occurs every time the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, which leads to snoring loudly.
- Central sleep apnea is not as common as obstructive sleep apnea. Central nervous system happens when the brain fails to send a signal to the muscles in-charge of control breathing. People with central sleep apnea rarely snore.
- the Complex sleep apnea is a combination of the above types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and central sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the most common sleep apnea symptom in men especially, but not everyone who snores really has sleep apnea.
Snoring is likely to be a sign of sleep apnea when it is followed by brief pauses breathing and gasping sounds or choking.
People with this sleep disorder usually have daytime fatigue or sleepiness
Below are some common symptoms and effects of sleep apnea
- Frequent and loud snoring
- Brief pauses in breathing
- Gasping sounds or Choking
- Excessive daytime fatigue and sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Unpleasing sleep
- Difficulty staying asleep (Insomnia)
- Headaches and hot-head every morning
- Nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Decreased in sexual desire
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Causes of sleep apnea include:
- Being overweight (Obesity)
- Older age: sleep apnea is much more like to affects adults than in children or teens.
- Having a narrowed airway or congestion, this can be inherited or caused by a chronic congestion, enlarged tonsils and/or swollen adenoids due to sickness
- Having family history of sleep disorders
- Too much consumption of alcohol and smoking cigarettes
- Abusive use of sleep-aiding drugs, sedatives or tranquilizers
- Having a history of serious medical complications, such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, stroke, or thyroid disorders
- Using narcotic pain medications
Effects of Sleep Apnea
If Sleep Apnea is left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a growing number of serious health problems, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks
- Worsening of ADHD
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may cause poor performance in everyday activities, such as at school and workplaces, vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea
The majority of people suffering from sleep apnea are overweight, and many of those who try to lose out weight find their sleeping disorder to disappear immediately.
Avoid Excessive consumption of Alcohol, Smoking, and Sedatives
Alcohol has been proven to interfere with sleep quality, it also relaxes the throat muscles, including the uvula and palate, which are needed to aid breathing. Smoking and alcohol can also contribute to inflammation and fluid retention in the airways, which affects normal sleep. Smokers are three times more likely to have sleep apnea than people who don’t smoke
Humidify Your Bedroom
A proper humidification of your bedroom can decrease snoring and give way for a clearer breathing.
- Adjust Your Sleeping Position
Elevate your head while sleeping as this might help to lower snoring. Also, avoid sleeping on your back because it presses your tongue and palate tissue against the back of your throat.
- Sleeping on your side and using a pillow that raises your head slightly up is usually the best sleeping position. Another better option is to sleep on your stomach as opposed to your back.
- Herbal Remedies
Various herbal sleep remedies can help with various sleeping issues. Herbs such as Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis) and California poppy (Eschscholzia California) could be of great benefit.