Suffering from Sleep Apnea? Has your CPAP or BiPAP machine been recalled? Try these natural home remedies to help.
Sleep Apnea affects some 22 million Americans1 and many more worldwide. This awful condition sees your sleeping pattern constantly disrupted because you stop breathing in your sleep. Sometimes, you wake up gasping for breath. Sometimes you don’t wake up.
We researched sleep apnea and its natural cures to try to find chemical-free alternatives to CPAP and medical treatments. Read on to find out how you could be combating sleep apnea without the medication.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is characterized by the sufferer stopping breathing during their sleep, often hundreds of times per night. This shallower breathing leads to extensive tiredness throughout the day. Although rarely fatal, sleep apnea will cause you to perform poorly at work or in school. It will affect your mental and physical performance and will lead to a greater chance of high blood pressure or heart disease over time.
One of the biggest worries for those with sleep apnea is when they are doing things that involve operating heavy machinery. Driving a car, for example, or working in a factory, can be problematic. You are clumsier and at greater risk of an accident. When tested in clinical trials2, patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea were found to be at significantly higher risks of being involved in a motor vehicle accident than those without.
Sleep Apnea generally falls into two categories. There are those that suffer Obstructive Sleep Apnea caused by something blocking their airway at night. Then there are those with Central Sleep Apnea, whose brain doesn’t send the signals to make the muscles work to breathe while they are sleeping.
Why Wouldn’t I Want Chemical Treatment?
While chemical treatment is the preferred option for many, it usually involves a mixture of medications and CPAP or BiPAP machines used at night to keep the airways open. As recently as in June 2021, one of the main producers of CPAP and BiPAP machines (Phillips) were found by the FDA to be producing machines that were degrading. The degradation of the foams used to construct the machines was found to be breaking down into the airways of those that depend on them.
While all we can do is point you to a CPAP injury lawyer if you are a victim of this, we can also appreciate why so many people are turning to all natural, alternative methods to sleep apnea. Nobody trusts CPAP machines anymore in case they give them cancer.
The 5 Best Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea Without Chemicals
With all things considered, here are the 5 best ways you can treat sleep apnea without chemical intervention.
1 – Try a Humidifier
Humidifiers work by adding water into the air in extremely dry environments. Buying a small humidifier and leaving it running in your bedroom at night can help to ease the burden on your respiratory system. Better yet, one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea is a dry mouth and throat. This stops some of that dryness from hurting you in the morning3.
2 – Consider Yoga
Yoga is an exercise, so straight away it is going to have a positive impact on lessening your symptoms. It is a practice that specifically deals with you taking deep breaths, holding them, and letting them out slowly. While it can make you dizzy on your first couple of sessions, it will get easier over time as your muscles strengthen up. Clinical trials show that Yoga is a practical and effective solution for sleep apnea4.
3 – Wedge yourself upright
Body positioning can do a lot to fight back against sleep apnea. Chronic snoring is both a symptom and a problem, both for your partner and for the long-term health of your upper respiratory passages. If we can help it, we want you to stop snoring as much as possible.
Therefore, sleeping on your side can help minimize your symptoms. MedicalNewsToday does warn us that people using positioners (gadgets to make them stay on their side) have shown in studies to make you snore more than you would without them. They also suggest raising the head of your bed to a 60-degree angle to take pressure off your throat.
4 – Dental Devices
While you might not want to use a CPAP machine, you might consider a device that holds your tongue in place, so you don’t block your own airway. This is a good idea for those that have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but less so for those with the central version.
There are three main types of oral devices that prevent Sleep Apnea. A mouth guard will reposition your lower jaw to prevent obstruction while a tongue retainer holds your tongue out of the way of your throat. The third option, a mandibular advancement device, is molded out of hard plastic and goes in your mouth. We would not recommend this as a natural cure for sleep apnea in case it results in the same issues as the CPAP machines. Instead, we suggest talking to your dentist about one of the other two.
5 – Adjust your lifestyle over time
While all of the above might be temporary solutions, changing your lifestyle will help eliminate some of your symptoms over time. For example, doctors recommend you lose weight as a sleep apnea patient, because those with more body weight are more likely to develop the condition. Quitting smoking5 and drinking6 are two other ways experts believe you can treat sleep apnea, as these make the condition worse.
Gradual changes over time could provide you with the permanent solution to your sleep apnea problems that you have been looking for. And all without a single chemical in sight.
Beyond Sleep Apnea
When you find the right treatment for you, you should notice that you are brighter, have more energy, and don’t struggle to stay awake through the day. Good luck in the world beyond sleep apnea. We hope it treats you kindly.
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