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
Omaha Sleep Apnea Treatment Roger Roubal
44 year old Jeremy Dankiw wakes up everyday ready to put his life of the line He's a Council Bluffs firefighter and there was something draining his energy. I was constantly fatigued and my wife and coworkers said, quot;You snore really loud.quot; It turns out Dankiw's snoring revealed a bigger problem. sleep apnea.
The soft palate or the tongue will collapse and actually stop the air from moving. Kind of like, picture a garden hose kinked, no flow, that's sleep apnea. Roger Roubal specializes in sleep apnea and he's finding success at treating it with something know as O.A.T., Oral Appliance Therapy.
When they come together, what they do is they limit the ability for one to open, typically. And it gently holds the lower jaw forward in a position to get the tongue out of the airway. Roubal says this small device is placed inside the mouth during sleep. It's much easier to tolerate for patients like Dankiw who tire at traditional and cumbersome
CPAP machine. The reality is when somebody sees this and sees this, there's a big difference. It will fall off in the middle of the night. Sometimes I would wake up in the morning and I would have taken it off and don't even remember. Dankiw has seen a dramatic difference using O.A.T. It's night and day.
I wake up in the morning and feel refreshed. I didn't even realize how tired I was all the time. Until this thing, until my body really adjusted to it. Literally it just changed my life completely. In Omaha, Jobeth Devera, KETV News Watch 7.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea Colorado Springs CO
(music) I would probably say the biggest thing that patients report is wow, my husband or wife loves it. I'm not snoring anymore. That's the biggest thing. I also hear: I'm sleeping better. Quite often, I'm hearing: I'm not having the morning headaches. I feel more engaged with my kids or I'm not as drowsy during the day, which is a common complaint with sleep apnea is they just feel like they just just can't get enough rest or I haven't
felt like I need to have my afternoon cup of coffee to get through the rest of the day. So, just feeling overall a sense of more energy. Occasionally, one of the things I do want to talk about is that there can be some complications, but there are very few. But, one of the common complications with it is just this whole learning for the muscles to understand what's going on, because I liken it to going to the gym for the first time. If you haven't been to the gym for a while and you're lifting some weights, you kind of have to train your muscles. And during those first few weeks of acclimating to any type of exercise, you have a little soreness.
Well, our muscles are no different. Our jaws are used to being kind of in the center of the joints and we just kind of open and close and that's the position we work at. Well, what we're trying to do with the airway is to bring that jaw down forward and kind of holding that jaw open. Sometimes, these muscles will get a little tension and soreness in them. But, what we talk very much about before we even start therapy is this is how we're going to prevent that or this is how we're going to control that side effect that can happen and we have an appliance that the patient will wear first thing in the morning when they get up that
retrains the muscles to go back to the where the jaw joint â€“ to go back to where it needs to be and we call it recapturing the bite. You start closing into that and the muscles start to go, okay. They start to learn over time. This is my nighttime position. This is my daytime position. Forward and back. And it's just once those muscles kind of get what's going on, then there's usually not a problem. Occasionally, I think it's maybe only happened a couple times that we'll have to call for some ibuprofen or some muscle relaxers to kind of get through that learning curve of the
muscles understanding what's going on, but our bodies are pretty adaptive. There's very few complications with this. Occasionally, there can be some minor bite changes and those, again, from when we â€“ when I say we â€“ the dental field or treating with oral appliance in general, the second part of learning how, teaching the body how to recapture the bite in the morning was something that wasn't done. So, we were just training the muscles to be forward and then they kind of just stayed there. So, then people would have teeth touching just up front or just the teeth position
themselves didn't change, but the muscles didn't learn to relax and go to the back position. But since we've come a long way in our understanding of oral appliance therapy over several years, this is the common thing that we do and we find that those complications afterward are few and far between. And they're really driven by how well the patients comply to what they're supposed to be doing with their exercises first thing in the morning. So, if a patient doesn't want to have those issues, they'll do the protocol and they typically don't. It's very uncommon to have longterm side effects