Natural treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Characteristics of obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, lasting less than 10 seconds.
In front of a peaceful ordinary sleep, people with apnea usually have many interruptions in breathing, generally between 10 and 30 seconds (there are cases that a pause can last 1 minute or more).
It is believed that between 1 and 10% of adults are affected with this type of apnea, mainly in adult males over 40 and especially those with overweight, but it can affect people of any age, sex or condition.
It is a very important sleep disorder that, unfortunately, it is not diagnosed in many cases. In case your partner, parents or relatives show possible symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, you should advice them to look for a proper treatment.
Consequences of obstructive sleep apnea
After the pause, during which breathing is not heard (periods of apnea), there is a need to breathe harder and this is manifested as wheezing, noise and difficulties in breathing. Then, the person in question goes back to sleep, usually with loud snoring. Sleeping follows a normal pattern until a new respiratory pause appears again.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a fairly common disorder that can limit the life of people affected. Beside worsening the quality of sleep, this disorder origins many physical problems during the day (headache, chronic fatigue, etc.)
People with obstructive sleep apnea have very great difficulty to stay awake at home, at work or when driving, so that, it can be the source of many work or car accidents
Physical and mental problems deriving from sleep apnea
When the condition is not resolved, as time passes, it can cause other more serious consequences, derived from low oxygen levels in the body (hypoxia) and high carbon dioxide levels (hypercapnia). Among the most important ones we can point out:
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea
Causes of obstructive sleep apnea
The main cause of this disorder is the difficulty of swallowing air during sleep, caused by the collapse of the soft tissue at the back of the throat that obstructs the passage of air into the lungs. This may occur for several reasons:
Other risk factors in the onset of apnea include:
- Alcohol intake: Alcohol relaxes the neck muscles which must be active for the airway to be sufficiently dilated to allow the passage of enough air.
Diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
Sometimes it will be necessary to use favoring mechanical respiration: masks, intraoral devices, CPAP (Continuous Positive Pressure Air-way) which is a type of mask that delivers air through the nose during the night so that the tissue on the back of the throat does not close.) etc.
The natural treatment of obstructive apnea involves using a series of natural remedies that can help prevent or improve it.
More information about the different types of apnea and their natural treatment in the listing above.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.