Sleep Apnea

Many doctors suggest that getting 8 hours of sleep is ideal for your health. But what if, the moment you lay down, you begin to trigger an uncontrollable condition in your body? Often during sleep, the upper airway can become blocked or constricted. As this occurs, it limits your ability to rest deeply, causing your body to undergo stress. But if you are experiencing this unfortunate condition, hope is not lost. Understanding what causes sleep apnea can help you begin resting deeply again.


There are several different conditions that can cause sleep apnea:


  1. Obesity- When an individual becomes obese, they can develop fat deposits in various places in their body. If these fatty areas are close to the neck or the upper airway, they can occasionally constrict the airway during sleep.
  2. Enlarged Tonsils- If you have abnormally large tonsils or have had numerous infections that have caused your tonsils to swell, it can cause the upper airway to become blocked during sleep.
  3. Endocrine Disorders- The endocrine system produces hormones which can regulate sleep patterns. People with Hypothyroidism can experience sleep apnea due to low levels of thyroid hormones, which help the brain control regulatory breathing during sleep.
  4. Neuromuscular conditions- People who have experienced trauma to the brain or have existing neurological conditions can experience sleep apnea due to the signal loss between the brain and the muscles during sleep.
  5. Heart or Kidney-Failure- When people are in the later stages of heart and kidney failure, they can experience a fluid build-up around their necks, which can constrict the airway during sleep.
  6. Genetic Syndromes- Chromosomal syndromes such as down’s syndrome or cleft palate can also cause sleep apnea due to rearrangement of the bone structures of the face and neck.
  7. Premature Birth- Babies born before 37 weeks can experience trouble with breathing during sleep.


What can be done to help people suffering from sleep apnea?


If you are suffering from sleep apnea due to a weight issue, making several healthy life changes might help with the symptoms. In addition to changing your diet, you can also add exercise into your life. If you are looking for helpful suggestions on what kind of exercise to try, head over to the Information Center activity section for helpful tips and tricks. Setting yourself up to adhere to a routine sleep schedule will also increase your chances of experiencing better rest.


In addition, you could benefit from receiving facial muscle therapy. This type of therapy, referred to as orofacial therapy, places you in the hands of a therapist who massages and repositions your tongue. They will focus on strengthening the facial muscles and the lips, in order to increase muscular control to the upper airway.


Many sleep therapy doctors will prescribe a machine, called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, to assist with breathing at night. The machine will consistently force air into your nose and mouth via a mouthpiece fitted for your face only. It has been known to significantly increase the amount of rest of the wearer.


In extreme cases where your tonsils are enlarged and causing breathing issues during sleep, it may be necessary to have them removed. Many Sleep Apnea sufferers reported the complete absence of symptoms after having a tonsillectomy.


 Natural Therapies for Sleep Apnea


There are several options for natural remedies if you are experiencing mild sleep apnea. University Health News suggests that supplements rich in antioxidants could potentially help ease the symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is associated with oxidative stress, which is the build of free radicals within the system. When you take supplements with antioxidants you load your body up with powerful vitamins, which fight against free radicals. BLUESPRING offers several natural and powerful supplements like Pure Emu Oil, Sleep Support, Thyroid Support, and Glucose Support that could potentially aid your body in the fight against free radicals.


Making sure congestion is at a minimum can also increase your chances of minimizing the symptoms of sleep apnea. The nasal passages need to be clear of congestion in order for you to breathe easily and achieve deep rest. I’ve found that Eucalyptus oil or Vaporub on the chest is an excellent way to decrease congestion caused by the common cold or flu.


Whatever avenue you pursue to help ease the symptoms of your sleep apnea, know that BLUESPRING is here to help you. If you aren’t receiving the rest your body needs to stay healthy, try some of the remedies and steps above to fight back against your sleep apnea.












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