Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Dry or parched throat on waking up
  • Gasping or choking for breath
  • Poor quality of sleep leading to sleepiness during the day
  • Memory problems
  • Morning headaches
  • Relatively higher levels of irritation
  • Inability to focus for a longer duration
  • Depression or mood swings

Causes of Sleep Apnea

  • Unfitness of the air to flow to the lungs from the mouth or nose due to physical obstacle or lack of effort
  • Brief collapsing of the throat causing interruptions in breath
  • The extra soft tissues in the throat among obese or over weight persons make it difficult to keep the throat area open for circulation of air
  • Large tonsils or third tonsils may also cause interruption in air flow to the lungs causing pauses in breath
  • Hereditary or genetic features of the body such that the shape of the head and neck result in a comparatively small airway between the mouth and throat area

Remedies for Sleep Apnea

  • Quit smoking and lose weight if a person is overweight
  • Avoid alcohol and consumption of sleeping pills
  • Change sleep positions to ensure regular breathing
  • Tie a ball in socks and tie it across your waist such that you will change your position regularly
  • Avoid sleeping on the back and try sleeping laterally
  • Conduct polysomnography, a diagnostic test which measures and records a number of physiologic variables during sleep.

Diet foe Sleep Apnea

  • There is no specific diet or particular foods that can help treat or prevent sleep apnea

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