- Do you snore?
- Do you often wake up from deep sleep abruptly?
- Do you get morning headaches and a fatigued feeling all throughout the day?
- Do you have excessive daytime sleepiness and find it difficult to maintain your attention?
Possibly you are suffering with Sleep Apnea.
Sleep apnea is one of the most common yet serious ailments in which breathing stops and starts intermittently. It affects one out of every 15 Americans and males are more prone to get it than females.
In this, the breathing stops all of a sudden and that can last from a few seconds to few minutes. For the diagnostic purpose, one should get at least five episodes of sleep apnea within one hour of sleep. In some severe cases, it can occur up to 30 times an hour.
Most common signs & symptoms:
- Loud snoring most of the times
- Intermittent breathing pauses which are observed more by other people
- Chronic fatigue during day time
- Difficulty to concentrate
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Dry mouth
There are two major types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea: where throat muscles get relaxed. This one is the most common type of sleep apnea.
- Central sleep apnea: where brain does not send breathing signals to the respiratory muscles.
Who is more at risk?
- Obese people
- People with thicker neck circumference
- Males more affected than females
- Older age
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Alcohol or tranquilizer abuse
- Diabetes or hypertension
What can be done apart from medication?
- try to sleep on side than on back
- avoid alcohol or sedatives
- take regular medication
Homeopathy treats the central or root-cause and has shown very effective in relieving the symptoms of sleep apnea in my last 15 years of experience. The most commonly used remedies include – Calc Carb, Hepar Sulf, Ipecan and Sambucus.
But obviously, it is not safe to do self-treatment. One should always reach a professional.