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
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition inwhich a person's airway closes for a number of reasons while they're sleeping, causingthe body to startle itself awake in the absence of any breathing occurring. The word quot;apneaquot;comes from the Greek, literally meaning quot;no breathing.quot; In Obstructive Sleep Apnea, whena person is relaxed and reclined when they're sleeping, the muscles in their throat relax,too. And, given a variety of other factorsthe width of a person's neck; the overall diameterof their windpipe; soft palate issues; retrognathia, which is a jaw that's set back more, or sortof a diminished chin, is how that also might be said. These factors can contribute to theairway relaxing and closing during sleep,
causing an apnea or a hypopnea, which is adecrease in breath. And because of this apnea or hypopnea, a person then wakes themselfas a selfdefense mechanism to avoid not breathing at all. A person can have anywhere to onehundred to two hundred of these a night. That would be considered a very severe case ofObstructive Sleep Apnea. Even five to twenty awakenings a night, which would be considereda mild case of sleep apnea, is more than enough to disrupt a person's sleep and cause a numberof issues during the day. Symptoms of sleep apnea are headache; dry mouth; a feeling ofpoor sleepunrestedness. People report it as insomnia or daytime fatigue. It's not uncommonto have a person come to a sleep disorders
office under thosea premise of somethingof that nature, and to, after a proper diagnostics, find out that it's Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Waking Bob Up to His Sleep Apnea Midway Sleep Lab
I'd be happy to see your husband.Yes, I understand. I'd definitely be able to help him. Not aproblem. That woman I was speaking to was Sue. Herhusband snores and has trouble breathing at night.It seems like his sleep problems and weight gain are related. Sue mentioned that he'sput on a lot of weight and as result now he has sleep apnea and stops breathing at night.She also mentioned that she noticed that he nods off while driving and this is completelyas a result of his sleep apnea. (Sighs) Yeah, I'm a little freaked out. I'venever had a problem with weight or sleep before.
Yeah. I had to sleep in our spare bedroomlast night. That's the first night we've spent apart in the five years we've been married.Are you waking up choking or gaspingé Yeah, sometimes, yeah.Ok. Have you noticed that he stops breathing in the middle of the nightéI've noticed the gasping suddenly. He'll wake me up.Bob, you'll definitely need to have a sleep study. And we need to get you into our sleeplab. What is a sleep studyéA sleep study basically involves having you come in usually around 10 o'clock at nightand sleeping in our laboratory. They're very
nice rooms, very much like hotel rooms. Andwhat we do is we hook you up; we're able to actually measure brainwave activity, measurethe stages of sleep, measure and see how high or how low your oxygen level is, as well seeif you're having sleep apnea, which is essentially episodes where you stop breathing and yourairway is closed. Wow.This is nice. This *is* nice.Oh wow. Well this is nicer than some of the hotelrooms we've stayed in. You know, I should've done this six monthsago. I mean who knew that just a couple of
simple tests and some easy lifestyle changescould make such a big difference in the quality of life.Goodnight! Bye, we love you!We're not here just to treat symptoms; We're here to help people live. Bob and Sue realizedthat Bob's sleep and weight issues were causing him problems and affecting them as a couple.They knew they needed to work together to make changes. And with Avi's help, theyknow that they can be successful.