Do you know someone who snores loudly in his sleep? Maybe you're not accredited to sleeping near a sleep apnea sufferer. Is the snoring so loud that anytime you sleep beside him you have to wear ear plugs or put pillows next to your ears just to refuse from hearing the loud noise he makes? Besides these annoying snoring sounds, what are the other sleep apnea symptoms?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder which has the characteristic symptom of deep and abnormal pauses while breathing during sleep time. Pauses in breathing or the so-called apnea can occur from 5 to 30 times in an hour with each pause in breathing lying from a few seconds to minutes. A sufferer may have heavy breathing upon sleeping or even upon awakening.
There are three types of apnea which consist of central, obstructive or a mixture of both. In the central sleep apnea, the breathing is paused by a lack of respiratory effort. While in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the person's breathing is blocked by a physical barrier even though there is a respiratory effort. Typically, an OSA sufferer unknowingly snores heavily in his or her sleep.
Sleep apnea treatments may include natural to prescribed medications by a doctor. The natural sleep apnea treatments may include reducing your weight. It is shown that people with heavier weights are more likely to suffer from apnea. You must also be able to avoid drinking alcohol and using drugs not prescribed by doctors. It is because they slow down your breathing. Do not sleep on your back because this position has a tendency to cause your tongue to block your respiratory passages which adds to the difficulty in breathing while sleeping.
Get yourself some vervain which is a dry herb made into tea. Use thicker pillows when sleeping to discourage yourself from the tension to lay flat on your back. This way your airways remain open. Lastly try an amino acid drug called 5-HTP to increase serotonin in your brain levels to relax you.
Other treatments also include the CPAP machine which is a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure. It includes a humidified air connected to a mask that brings the air into your airways and is worn as you go to bed. Another sleep apnea treatment is sleep apena surgery which may include cutting the upper palate or the uvula at the back of the throat to widen nasal passage.
Finding a solution must be your top priority for this sleep disorder may result to much more serious health problems. But the truth is, some treatments mentioned above may not work for everyone. Some people just could not tolerate the CPAP machine, for example. What they do not know is that there are alternative treatments out there.