Sleep is one of life’s most precious commodities. Most of us would not even be able to put a price tag on getting a good night’s sleep. Without it, you feel sick and groggy, like you’re walking through a fog, your immune system suffers, and so does your mood.
“I sleep 7-8 hours every night and I still feel exhausted in the morning,” you might say. If this is the case, it might be time to check with your roommate or significant other to see if they are sleeping well. Why? Because it may be that your snoring is keeping them awake, and preventing you from getting the quality of sleep you need to feel well-rested.
In fact, it is estimated that 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that inhibits proper airflow when you sleep. This condition occurs when tissue in the back of your throat collapses, blocking airflow. The result is decreased delivery of oxygen, leading to fatigue, brain fog, and snoring.
Say Goodnight to Sleep Apnea
Let’s make sleep apnea a thing of the past! Check out these five natural remedies.
This herb is an excellent muscle relaxant. It promotes good sleep and nerve function.
You can prepare chamomile as a tea, letting it steep for at least five minutes before drinking it. Or you can combine the herb with a carrier massage oil and rub it directly on your chest and back.
Hops are known for their sedative properties, relaxing the brain and muscles. Sip on a cup of tea brewed with hops right before bed, or take hops as an herbal supplement.
3. Practice Breathing
You wouldn’t think that it would be necessary to practice something so basic as breathing. However, you may not be taking in enough oxygen even during the day, leading to excessive carbon dioxide levels and tight muscles.
Start by laying flat on the floor, with your hand over your stomach. Breath in for four counts using your nose, then slowly let the breath out of your mouth in four counts. Notice if your stomach rises or not. Many of us breath in a very shallow manner, only raising our chest. However, a deep breath should make the belly rise and fall, just as babies do when they are sleeping.
4. Change Position
Most sleep apnea sufferers find that sleeping on their back causes the greatest amount of snoring. Try sleeping on your side, and experiment to see which position gets you the best results.
Often, this simple change is enough to reposition the tissue so that it’s not blocking airflow.
5. Lose Weight
This is the toughest remedy to apply, but probably the one with the best success rate. Added weight, especially in your belly, means added pressure on your chest, further restricting airflow.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, try making small changes one at a time. For instance, resolve to eat a healthy breakfast containing organic foods, such as eggs and fruit.
Putting Sleep Apnea to Bed for Good
It’s time to get back to normal! Put your poor sleeping habits behind you for good. It’s certainly possible, and you can even do it naturally.
With that in mind, we’ve prepared a special ebook for you: Beat Insomnia. A Guide to Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep. After downloading your copy, you’ll be able to learn more about the reasons you’re not falling asleep or staying asleep, and how to fix the problem naturally.
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