How to Treat Sleep Apnoea with Natural Remedies
If you have ever slept beside someone who is a snorer or someone suffering from sleep apnoea, then you will know how loud and difficult it can get. You are lying in peaceful slumber and then your dreams are crashed by the incredibly loud cacophony of your partner next to you. He or she is a snorer. And the sound can be so loud and invasive that it interferes with intimacy, sleeping in the same room and even sharing a bed.
Snoring is not just about loud sounds however. It’s also a health issue and needs to be watched and managed. In short, for many, snoring is a real problem. It disrupts sleep quality and REM sleep and can also lead to oxygen starvation and all sorts of associated health issues.
What You Can Do
Dr. George Lewkovitz from the Centre for Snoring and Sleep Disorders in Sydney says that it is possible to treat more extreme cases of sleep apnoea and snoring with laserbatten and pillar procedure treatments, both of which involve surgery.
But before you resort to these strategies, there is a lot you may be able to do with the help of natural therapies and approaches suggested by your nutritionist or other alternative practitioner.
Some of the active steps you can take include
- Losing weight. Snoring and sleep apnoea seems to be more prevalent in overweight people. Try to lose some of those extra kilos
- Treat any allergies you have. Some people snore more when they eat dairy and wheat products. Try an elimination diet and see if there is any improvement with cutting out these food groups
- Do not sleep on your back
- Try sleeping on an angle or on your side. This can help to unblock airways
- Drink more water
- Limit alcohol
- Gargle regularly with salty water
- Do not smoke
- Make sure you exercise a few times a week. Start with walking. You can burn kilojoules and help with respiratory problems at the same time
Cut out Foods that Increase snoring and phlegm production
According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre in the United States, “people with sleep apnoea stop breathing for a while when they are asleep. They generally don’t wake up fully when this happens but in the morning they feel exhausted and continue to feel sleepy during the day.”
The following mucus producing foods need to be reduced or cut out:
- Dairy and wheat products
Increase the following
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
- White meat – fish and poultry
The University of Maryland Medical Centre also mentions homeopathy as a supportive therapy for treating these conditions. The following homeopathic remedies may be suggested, but for specific guidance, visit your trained naturopath, health care professional or homeopath for accurate advice and diagnosis.
- Arsenicum album
Acupuncture may also help and a visit to a Chinese Medicine practitioner may also help with sinus issues associated with these conditions and with better airflow.