Homeopathic remedies for sleep apnea

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Those afflicted with sleep apnea rarely sleep well. This condition occurs when the lungs are prevented from filling with air and inflating to their proper volume
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Sounds of silence: blaring proof of a big problem.

Pull up the covers; go to sleep. Easier said than done. Folks afflicted with sleep apnea—those who intermittently stop breathing while asleep—rarely have a good night. There are homeopathic remedies for sleep apnea. And there are other treatments. Nevertheless, many sufferers persist in struggling along, night after night, without investigating the cause of their plight. For them, every night is a nightmare.


Who is afflicted by sleep apnea?


People who suffer with sleep apnea never feel fully rested. The condition occurs when the lungs are prevented from filling with air and inflating to their proper volume. Sleepers who are grossly overweight may have fatty tissues in the throat that contribute to airway obstruction: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The tonsils and tongue also may get in the way.


Heavy smokers also comprise a population that sometimes experiences the impeded air flow that signals sleep apnea. The smoker's irritated wind pipe and throat are constricted and air flow decreased. People with asthma and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) also may develop sleep apnea. GERD is the diagnosis often presented when prolonged heartburn is present. It's easy to see that many triggers can affect the normally soothing, rhythmic cycles of inhaling and exhaling that add up to a satisfying session of sleep.


Are there homeopathic remedies for sleep apnea?


Interventions that may alleviate sleep apnea include surgery, diet, exercise and homeopathic—natural—remedies that help sufferers sleep undisturbed. Among the alleviators recommended by some homeopathy specialists is aromatherapy—the practice of adding a pleasing scent to the air to promote relaxation. Other homeopathic practitioners support the use of a compact machine outfitted with plastic tubing that leads to a lightweight mask which covers the nose and mouth of the sleeper.


The purpose of the machine is to gently exude timely puffs of air into the sleeper's nostrils. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is maintained. Blissful sleep is reported by those who don't mind contending with the inconvenience of wearing an oxygen mask. Any relief is most welcome, for sleepers' respirations—unaided by assistive devices—frequently resume in a somewhat violent fashion: a startled lurch, an explosive splutter or a sloppy resumption of snoring.


Is sleep apnea similar to suffocation?


People with sleep apnea may experience recurring interruptions of their breathing throughout the course of a night. The breathless interludes when the lungs are inactive may last several seconds. Instead of this: breathe in, breathe out…the person with sleep apnea experiences this: breathe in, breathe out…don't breathe, don't breathe, don't breathe, gasp-gasp-gasp, breathe again.

The natural rhythm enjoyed by most people doesn't exist for nearly 40 million Americans with sleep apnea. That's a lot of people who wake up with a jolt. That's a lot of people who frequently start the next day feeling exhausted, grumpy and ill at ease.


What is the toll for neglecting treatment?


A lack of high-quality sleep can result in daytime lethargy, lack of concentration and mood swings ranging from bad to worse. One who cannot sleep in peace may carry on employment duties and family responsibilities as if on auto-pilot. People deprived of sufficient hours of satisfying sleep perform the motions of day-to-day life but they are not fully involved or joyous in their work. Their home life suffers.


The families around a person with sleep apnea suffer, too. A spouse who shares the bedroom cannot help but be concerned. That spouse—who perhaps is used to listening for the slightest sound of distress coming from the room of a child—now is listening for the periods of silence that are the hallmark a partner with sleep apnea—a loved one who stops breathing, several times each night. 


Whether one seeks homeopathic remedies for sleep apnea or delves into other alternatives to living with the chronic deprivation that is sleep apnea, a path of action needs to be pursued. Breathing in and breathing out are small joys. They are joys seldom appreciated until one tries sleeping—without them.

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