Sleep apnea is one of the many sleep disorders that require immediate medical attention. Sleep apnea is characterized by episodes of pauses of breathing during sleep, snoring, insomnia (difficulty falling and staying asleep), daytime sleepiness, and can increase risks for the development of various pulmonary diseases. There are 2 different types of sleep apnea, the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). The obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. There are several herbal remedies that can help in improving symptoms of sleep apnea, for people with sleep apnea can get a more restful and better quality sleep.
Valerian Root for Sleep Apnea
Valerian root is a type of herb that can help in treating various medical conditions, and various sleep disorders. In fact, valerian root has been known for many centuries for its properties that can aid in sleeping. Valerian root is believed to lengthen sleeping time and shorten the time to fall asleep. In sleep apnea, valerian root can be very beneficial especially when the person has insomnia, due to the confusion with the sleep wake cycle. However, valerian root is only known to be an effective natural sleep aid for a short period of time.
Chamomile for Sleep Apnea
Chamomile is very famous as a natural sleeping aid, in fact, chamomile is more known than the valerian root. Chamomile contains effective sedative properties and relaxing properties that can help a person to fall asleep. There are different forms of chamomile that can be used by a person that wants to fall asleep better, chamomile tea and chamomile essential oil (smell its aroma). Aside from the herb’s relaxing and sedative properties, chamomile is known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well, that can help people with breathing problems due to an enlarged tonsils or soft tissues behind the throat and even obstructive sleep apnea.
San’O-Shashin-To For Sleep Apnea
It may be your first time to hear the name San’O-Shashin-To herb. This type of herb is a famous Chinese herbal remedy against sleep apnea. It has been proven than San’O-Shashin-To herb can effectively decrease episodes of apnea (cessation of breathing) during sleep by reducing resistance in the upper airway.
Caution in Using Herbal Remedy
Even if herbs are natural remedies that can help in improving your sleep apnea, it is still very important to consult your doctor before taking ANY herbal remedies. There are herbal remedies that can have negative interactions with your present medications or it can even make some medical conditions worse. Again, consult your doctor before taking any herbal remedies for sleep apnea and any other medical conditions.