Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disquieting and debilitating disorder thought to affect anywhere between 2-9% of adults in the United States. Beyond being a nuisance, OSA has real health implications and should not be shrugged aside. While the best way to receive treatment is undoubtedly a visit to South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, here are six home remedies to help attenuate OSA symptoms in the meantime.
In many cases, OSA has a direct link with obesity. This is because excess weight, especially in the upper body, increases the risk of obstruction of nasal and oral airways. Blockage experienced by a narrowing of these passageways contributes to an inability to breathe while sleeping.
In many instances, maintaining healthy weight can reduce OSA symptoms or eliminate them altogether, though a subsequent increase in weight could see symptoms return.
Beyond combating abnormal weight gain, regular exercise can increase energy level, strengthen the heart, regulate oxygen flow, and stimulate respiratory response in the body. Since OSA is linked to decreased oxygen saturation in your blood, a daily run or 30 minutes of yoga can help improve your body’s ability to combat it.
Change Sleeping Positions
Something as minor as shifting the position you sleep in can alleviate OSA manifestations. In fact, a study done suggested that nearly half of all OSA cases are dependent upon or exacerbated by sleeping position.
It is commonly thought that lateral sleeping position (left side) is ideal for those suffering from OSA.
Use a Humidifier
Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier can prevent dry air from irritating your respiratory system and open your pathways, thereby decreasing congestion and encouraging obstruction-free breathing.
Quit Tobacco And Alcohol
Both alcohol and tobacco aggravate OSA complications. Alcohol relaxes nasal and throat muscles in a way that blocks airflow. The result is greater difficulty breathing and increased occurrence of snoring.
Similarly, smoking causes inflammation in the airways of your nose and mouth, which can worsen symptoms of OSA.
Try an Oral Appliance
Certain oral appliances can be inserted into your mouth to help reposition your jaw and tongue so that airflow remains consistent while you sleep. These devices can often be purchased over-the-counter or custom-molded by a specialist.
Long-Term OSA Relief
While the above options are great for immediate and acute treatment of OSA, your best bet for long-lasting OSA prevention is a trip to Dr. Mandel, who can administer a series of diagnostic tests and state-of-the-art OSA treatment options, such as a minimally invasive palatal stiffening, all of which are quick and easy.
Breathe Easier With South Florida Sinus And Allergy Center
If you believe you may be suffering from OSA, contact South Florida Sinus And Allergy Center, where Dr. Mandel and his team of expert physicians can help you find a solution. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 954-983-1211