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
Your Night in the Sleep Laboratory
MUSIC Sleep studies. Your night inthe sleep laboratory. A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, isan overnight study of your sleep which takes place ina specialized laboratory. It is conducted bya trained technologist, and is designed to detectproblems with your sleep.
The goal of the study is tohave a natural night of sleep that is as uncomplicated andcomfortable as possible. You may wish to bring along yourown pajamas, robe, slippers, and personal hygiene items. Some people like tobring their own pillow. In addition, you might think ofpacking a snack if you are used to having one before bedtime. When you come to the laboratory,a technologist will greet you
and show you the location ofthe bedroom, bathroom, and control room. The technologist will staythrough the night to ensure safety and proper procedures. High quality tracingswill be obtained. There's a TV camera in the roomto monitor your sleep, as well as an intercom to communicatewith the technologist. It is standard practice totutorial tape sleep studies
in case any unusual activityoccurs during testing. When it is time, you will changeinto your night clothes and the sleep study technologistwill hook up many electrodes. This does not cause pain. The electrodes are metal and shaped like a tiny cup abouta quarter inch in diameter. They attach to wireswhich go to amplifier so that electrical signalscan be recorded.
Because the position of theelectrode is quite important, the technologist willmeasure your head and mark it for placement. The scalp will be cleanedthoroughly in order to get a signal. The electrodes will then beattached with either glue or paste. The technologist may scratchthe scalp gently to improve
the electrical connection. All together, about seven electrodes willbe applied to the scalp. Electrodes will also beapplied around the eyes to detect eye movement. Recording eye movements help thetechnologist to determine which stage of sleep you are in. Electrodes are also placed onthe chin in order to monitor
What happens during a Sleep Study Summa Health System
there are two main types of sleep studies: there'sovernight some of these fourweek have youwatched through the course of the night to see what youdo during your sleep measure your brain wave activity yourheart rhythms your oxygen leg movements and uh. the second type of study is verysimilar but if you are found to have a sleep disorder the second type of sleep study
is used to treat that disorder monitor youduring the night to verify your treatment works and whatspecific treatment you should have typically once your parked you'll enter into theuh. the glass doors you'll check in with reception thet'll take you up to the sleep lab. have you fill out some forms prior to your study get you comfortable maybe have you watchtv a little bit while they're hooking up some of the different electrodes
once it the time approaches toward yourbedtime they'll turn out the lights and let you fall asleep next thing you know typically it'll be morning if you do you need something to thecourse of the night most of the beds will have a a button if you need water, there'sthe bathroom or something similar that someone can help you through the nightso a lot of time minimized and spent trying to get the Summa Sleep Labs to bethe most comfortable experience we can for the patient uh. the rooms themselves arefairly modern
Typically will describe them as three to fourstar hotel they have queen size beds flat screen televisions private bathrooms or at least adjoiningbathrooms we've renovated the labs themselves andalso updated the software now to the lastest state of the art that we can to try and optimize the experiencefor the patient but the advantage of Summa Sleep Labs isthe longitudinal care and follow up which we can offer that may or may not beavailable
in all areas of the region try to be hands on withthe patient answer any questions and see them going into the future for many years tohelp them with their sleep disorder you think you have a sleep disorder andwish to see a Summa sleep specialist please call or visit us on the web our labs are located in Portage, Medina, and some other counties.