Ease Sleep Apnea with Herbs: Sleep apnea is a serious health problem in which the sleeper can stop breathing as often as 30 times an hour
Sleep apnea is a serious health problem in which the sleeper can stop breathing as often as 30 times an hour, according to a National Institutes of Health study. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank in Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem, Apnea is the result of a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm that can occur during the transition from initial semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep prior to REM sleep.
“After a short period of time, the brain realizes the need to breathe and forces a rapid inhalation, dragging any sagging soft tissues into the airway and disturbing the sleep cycle,” he says.
Conventional medicine usually addresses sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or surgery. Using such a device can be costly and cumbersome, as well as uncomfortable, creating its own form of sleep disruption.
“Natural herbal solutions like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal and so providing relief.
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