Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea

Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea

by Olivia Pryor (SU)

Sleep apnea involves interruptions in your breathing while you sleep. Most people who have sleep apnea do not realize they have it unless others tell them about it, and the good news is that non-medicinal treatments can have excellent results for many people with this condition.

Let’s talk about a few of the most popular and effective ways to address sleep apnea, and where you can go in Austin for a medical evaluation if these methods do not work – and you’re ready to start getting a great night’s sleep again.

Adjust the Thermostat for Better Breathing 

People with sleep apnea often report better sleep when the room temperature is under 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Body temperature naturally drops when you sleep, and so making the room temperature too warm is likely to disturb your sleep. 

Note that you tend to feel uncomfortably warm during the night even when the thermostat is lower than what is normally comfortable for you during the day. Sleep apnea warrants making everything as comfortable and supportive as possible during the night.

Use a Humidifier to Add Air Moisture 

Dry air can cause irritation to the respiratory airways and can contribute to congestion, which just exacerbates sleep apnea. With added moisture in the air in your bedroom, breathing becomes easier and relieves congestion. Even those who usually breathe easily at night often need a humidifier during the drier seasons, namely autumn and winter.

Use a Supportive Pillow 

For many people who have sleep apnea, using a thick but comfortable pillow under their head while they sleep can help prevent the throat tissues from resting improperly in the throat. This can address obstructive sleep apnea, eliminating the obstruction from occurring in the airways.

Maintain a Healthy Weight 

Getting to a normal weight for your height and gender can help to reduce the severity of sleep apnea symptoms by reducing the size of the tissues in your throat. One of the contributing factors to sleep apnea is often obesity, as fatty deposits can cause increased pressure on the upper airways. For this reason, weight loss is a very important aspect of sleep apnea treatment for people who are overweight. 

Sleep Apnea Treatments in Austin, TX 

Our team of sleep specialists here at Snoring Austin is dedicated to helping our patients breathe and sleep better. Sleep apnea is a very serious health condition, and our medical team has many years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with solutions that work for them.

Along with medical treatments, we also empower our patients by recommending natural remedies for sleep apnea. Many patients report outstanding results with a combination treatment.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep specialists, contact our friendly staff at our Austin clinic by calling (512) 339-4040 or our Lakeway clinic at (512) 682-4798. You can also fill out our online appointment request form, whichever is more convenient for you. We look forward to helping you enjoy a good night’s sleep every night!