Remedy for Sleep Apnea

If you're looking for a remedy for sleep apnea, you should first look for any underlying causes of sleep apnea that may be in your control.

Remedy for Sleep Apnea?

These include:

  • being overweight
  • being a smoker
  • being a heavy and frequent drinker

There are many a remedies for sleep apnea - from using sleep masks designed specifically for sufferers of sleep apnea to a sleep apnea dental appliance to surgery to remove the obstructive tissues from the airway. However, if you fall into one of the categories above, you should seriously try remedying that situation first before taking a more drastic step of say, undergoing surgery.

Finding a remedy for sleep apnea beyond quitting smoking and heavy drinking and dieting and exercise, not including the more drastic steps, can be something as simple as changing your sleep position. People who suffer from sleep apnea experience apneas - pauses in their breathing - primarily when they are sleeping on their backs. Since this is the case, you should try to sleep on your side or, better yet, on your stomach. As simple as this sounds, it has proven to be an effective remedy for sleep apnea sufferers.

If you don't fall into one of the categories above and you or your bed partner believes that you suffer from sleep apnea, you'll want to see your doctor and get a test known as a sleep study.

A sleep study is used to not only diagnose first, whether or not you have sleep apnea and second, to determine its severity. During the sleep study, you will be asked to sleep at the clinic or hospital and be hooked up to a bunch of devices which will monitor your sleep activity. These machines monitor many different functions of your sleep including your heart rate, airflow, muscle activity, sleep state, breathing as well as your blood oxygen levels.

If the sleep study determines that you have sleep apnea and are in need of a remedy for sleep apnea that goes above and beyond changes in your lifestyle and sleeping habits, you'll have the following options:

Besides remedying the apnea itself, i.e. being able to finally sleep and breath properly at night, treating sleep apnea also has many other health benefits that you may not be aware of. These include:

  • lowering high blood pressure
  • lowering your risk of diabetes
  • lowering your risk of heart disease
  • lowering your risk of hypertension

The above benefits are in addition to the more obvious benefits such as:

  • better memory function
  • increased concentration
  • better disposition
  • no snoring (more of a benefit to whoever is sleeping beside or around you)

If you suffer from mild sleep apnea, you can also try herbal sleep aids such as elderberry tea or thyme, which can improve the quality of your sleep. Nasal passage stimulation by way of aromatherapy solutions or vapor rub on your chest can also be very beneficial.