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Sleep Apnea is a health condition that can literally rob you of a peaceful sleep. National Sleep Foundation says that almost 18 million Americans deal with sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can occur at all age groups irrespective of gender as well. Keep reading to know how to tackle sleep apnea naturally.
A health condition that many are not even aware of, there are many causes for sleep apnea that includes improper lifestyle, poor dietary habits, stress, anxiety, overweight and so on. Some of the symptoms noted are lack of focus/concentration, sexual dysfunction, irritative behavior, depression and difficulty remembering certain things.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
If you feel you are suffering from sleep apnea, make sure to treat sleep apnea rightaway as it can be dangerous if left untreated. If ignored, it can lead to heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, excessive sleep during day and many more.
One of common way to diagnose is sleep study to monitor bodily functions such as muscle activity, eye movement, respiratory function, blood oxygen levels and more. While few doctors give medication, some prescribe CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure device).
Natural ways for a healthy sleep
Natural ways are always best since they don’t involve any side effects. Here are few of the natural ways to beat sleep apnea.
Eyes popped up like an owl? No worries, Munch on a banana for a quick sleep. Nutritional biochemist Shawn Talbott says that the banana comes with high amount of potassium that can calm restless legs thereby cutting leg cramps. The magnesium content helps in relaxing the muscles/nerves thereby promoting a healthy circulation and digestion claims Dr. Micheal Breus who is a clinical psychologist. So blend with your favorite type of milk with some ice or simply peal and chow it down.
Maintain proper weight
Are you overweight? If so, cut down on calorie foods. Stop munching on spicy, fried, sugary foods that will keep you tossing and turning all night. Unhealthy habits such as alcohol, smoking etc. will trigger swelling in the upper airway thereby making your snoring habit even more worse. Though alcohol helps you to sleep easy, it can throw your body’s regular functions haywire that will keep you awake all night.
Check your mattress
Your mattress can also be the reason for sleep apnea. Many people do not look harder for a right mattress and go with the cheap one or jump in and buy a branded mattress that is completely wrong for their body. Go with the one that spells comfort for you. Try on few mattress in a retail store and don’t be embarrassed to lie down and check out how it feels on your body. This is one of the best ways to opt for the right mattress that will help in peaceful sleep.
Gentle Yoga poses
Yes, Yoga is best for curing restlessness too apart from its myriad benefits. Ask your Guru some gentle poses such as mild stretching, bending postures that will help you to hit the sack quickly.
Have a drink and I don’t mean alcohol. Alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns (circadian rhythm). In Journal of Medicinal Food study conducted in 2010, it was found that a glass of cherry juice comes with rich source of melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. A perfect bedtime snack cherry juice will aid in grabbing that pillow before you know.
Herbs from Nature
Mother Nature has gifted you with some herbal remedies to rock you back to sleep. Herbs such as Passionflower (passiflora), Valerian root, Kava etc. come with excellent ingredients that promotes not only healthy sleep but also cuts down stress related issues.
Keep that gadgets away
Want to sleep better? Its time to keep that smartphone, iPad or laptop away and shut yourself to sleep. These technologies not only keep your mind active by engrossing you to its activities but the wavelengths emitting from your phone, laptop and others etc. can actually reduce the production of melatonin.
Bottomline, insomnia or sleep apnea is not an incurable condition and with your doctor’s help and a strong initiative from your side, you can certainly win over sleep within no time.