Natural Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Hey, guys. Axe, here, of naturalmedicine and founder of DrAxe . In this tutorial, I'm going to go through a sevenstepprocess on how to overcome sleep apnea. If you struggle with sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia,just trouble sleeping at night, these tips are going to help you big time. The number one thing you've got to start doingif you want to overcome sleep apnea is look at your diet. Now, sometimes sleep apnea canbe related to weight gain. It can be related to inflammation in different areas of yourbody. But if you can follow these dietary tips, it's going to help tremendously.
The first thing you want to do is you reallywant to focus on supporting your metabolism. You want to focus on getting three thingsevery single meal: good quality protein, healthy fat, and fiber, those three things. Most peoplewith sleep apnea, most people tend to consume too many carbohydrates and too much sugar,which can actually affect your insulin levels and your metabolism, which causes sleep apnea.So again, healthy protein, such as bone broth protein, organic chicken and turkey, wildcaughtfish, grassfed beef, getting good quality protein is important. Number two, fiber, getting more vegetablesand fruits in your diet and wholesprouted
grains, such as brown rice, that's where youwant to get your fiber. The healthy fats, things like coconut oil, olive oil, organicnuts and seeds, those are some ways to get some good healthy fat in your diet. So again,focus on a healthy diet, a diet that's antiinflammatory and that helps balance out insulin levelsis going to be big when it comes to beating sleep apnea. Number two, there are certain things you wantto avoid. If you have sleep apnea, you want to avoid intake of alcohol, caffeine, smoking,and also you need to be aware of sedatives. If you're taking sedatives on a regular basis,that can really cause sleep apnea. Stay away
from those things. If you're saying to yourself,quot;Well, I'm still going to do caffeine and alcohol,quot; then what I would do is not do coffee.I would just do a little bit of tea, like a green tea during the day. So again, just tone it down some. The otherthing I would do is, if you're drinking alcohol, limit it to one glass. When you start doingmore than one glass, more than one beer, more than one glass of alcohol, that's really goingto affect your sleep cycle. And no more than two days a week. Again, bring the alcoholdown, because that will absolutely cause sleep apnea.
The number three tip is to treat acid reflux.Many people with sleep apnea have heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux, or some type of digestiveissue that's causing their sleep apnea. Now, the way to overcome that is to follow thesedietary tips. You want to eat smaller meals, so you don't want to overeat, and get moreorganic meat, vegetables, and fruits. You've got to be careful overconsuming thegrains, the pastas, the breads, the chips. All of those things will really cause acidreflux and sleep apnea. Also, supplementing with digestive enzymes, probiotics, and applecider vinegar. So probiotics, enzymes, and apple cider vinegar, all of those can helpin the natural treatment of acid reflux and
reduce sleep apnea. The number four thing you want to considerdoing to beat sleep apnea is getting a humidifier in your bedroom. Oftentimes, it's the humidityor being too dry in the bedroom that actually causes sleep apnea. So look into getting ahumidifier and sometimes an air purifier. So a humidifier, an air purifier, those thingscan actually help support your body and you breathing better and overcoming sleep apnea. Number five is your sleeping position. Manypeople with sleep apnea sleep on their back. Some of them sleep on their stomach. You wantto sleep on your side. What you want to do
How to Diagnose Sleep Disorders Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
The first step in treating OSA is, of course,to diagnose it properly. This happens using a sleep study. An overnight polysomnogramwould be a more formal term. And in this a patient is going to go to an accredited sleeplab where a sleep technician will attach a series of electrodes and wires to the bodythat monitor things like respiration, abdominal force, eye movement, so we can track whatsleep stage you are in. And, of course, a breathing monitor and a camera. The most importantof the camera is it actually physically records somebody having an apnea. It's not uncommonfor patients to know that they have awoken themselves by not breathing or to wake upand actually not be able to breathe and take
a second to catch their breath But for somepatients they have no concept of sleep apnea. They think they sleep just fine. It's theirbed partner who can't handle the snoring and the sounds of the apneas and the wakeningwho forces them to reach treatment. After the sleep study is executed, the andsleep technicians will review the results, review the results with you. And at that point,it might warrant another sleep study which we would call a CPAP titration. CPAP standsfor continuous positive airway pressure, and it's basically one of the most naturalistictreatments you find in sleep disorder medicine. It involves taking a mask or nasal unit ofsome kind which is connected to an air hose
to a compressor. And, essentially, this compressorwhich is set at a pressure prescribed by the physician is used to force air into the oralcavity and into the throat to expand the airway and prevent it from collapsing. There's anynumber of different masks and face units that can be used. It used to be in the early daysof sleep medicine that CPAP choices were limited, and the discomfort of CPAP keeps people fromseeking it as treatment. So in this day and age we have so many more options. So manymore people will stay treatment compliant and actually use their CPAP machine whichwill lead to better sleep, better health. Their's other treatments that can be usedfor some people. An oral mandibular advancement
device which is a sort of dental appliancemay be an option. Although that is not indicated for everybody it would be due to certain conditionsin the mouth that lead to sleep apnea. There's also a type of surgery called a UPPP whichinvolves surgery on the uvula and soft palate on the throat. That's usually performed byan ear, nose, throat and, again, that's not always an option for everybody. But thosecould be part of a treatment plan for OSA in particular patients.