While there are some cases of sleep apnea that require more invasive & intense remedies like surgery & permanent CPAP therapy—there are a number of more natural & less invasive treatments for both Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by an airway obstruction by one’s soft palate, tongue, or uvula. Central Sleep Apnea is what happens when for some reason (usually a different medical condition like congestive heart failure), the brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles, like the diaphragm, that control breathing. In either case, there are some ways one can lessen the effects of sleep apnea, and sometimes even totally cure it.
These three natural remedies for sleep apnea can not only provide great results, but also save you a lot of money & a lifetime of medical expenses.
1. Lose Weight
One of the most common factors in the development of sleep apnea is obesity. In both Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, being overweight can increase the likelihood & severity of the issue. Thickened windpipes & extra fatty sells can narrow the airway, creating & augmenting breathing issues. Research shows that even a weight reduction of 10% can severely improve sleep quality & help reduce issues connected to sleep apnea.
2. Change Sleep Positions
The effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are most prominent when sleeping on one’s back. Back sleepers allow gravity to work against them & pull the tongue, uvula and soft palate back into the airway, whereas side sleepers allow gravity to work FOR them, pulling all of those parts of the mouth to the side, rather than toward the airway.