Sleep Apnea anyone?

What’s this sleep apnea?  You may wonder what it is, seen it on tv commercials for drugs that promises to cure you of it but later on there are repercussions to the temporary relief that drug offered to you.   There is alternative & safer method to treat each condition that you’ll gain in the long run.

Sleep apnea is a condition that disrupts the body’s breathing during sleep.  It’s a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes your body’s breathing to repeatedly stop & start.  It affects anyone, but usually affects males over the age of forty.  You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly & feel tired even though you’ve have a full night’s sleep, daytime sleepiness & fatigue, reduced mental abilities including memory & thinking clearly.

There’s 3 types: Obstructive sleep apnea (most common where the throat muscles relax) & Central sleep apnea (occurs in your brain when it doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.)  Complex sleep apnea, that’s a little bit of both.

Condition of sleep apnea is associated with other medical conditions that may include: Obesity, stroke, cardiovascular (heart problems), impotence, increased blood pressure.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it’s categorized as phlegm-dampness.  Acupuncture treatment would be tailored to person’s body, to clear out phlegm-damp as well as balancing the body’s sleep mechanisms.

Chinese herbs may also be prescribed that can help increase the effects of acupuncture treatments.

Additionally, simple lifestyle alterations are suggested such as subtracting specific foods from diet, increasing light excercises, or mild meditation to decrease stress.

Hope today’s topics gives a bit more insight on what sleep apnea is & how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help!