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If you suspect that you are suffering from sleep apnea, you should seek immediate medical guidance and, if necessary, arrange appropriate tests.
There are a variety of effective treatments available for both obstructive and central sleep apnea. Most patients benefit significantly from one or more of these treatments, which primarily involve simple behavioral adjustments like changing or modifying your sleeping position. Sufferers of mild obstructive sleep apnea as a result of persistent nasal congestion may simply require a course of decongestants, while more severe sleep apnea may need use of an oxygen mask to stimulate consistent breathing while asleep. In severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, certain surgical procedures can help to restore effective and consistent respiration during sleep, although sufferers should proceed down this particular route with caution, as surgery can often lead to added complications.
One important point to note is that, because of risk of potentially fatal respiratory arrest, sleep apnea sufferers should refrain from taking sleeping pills or artificial sleep enhancers because of associated respiratory dangers.
Natural sleep remedies provide an effective complement to medically prescribed treatments and can certainly help sufferers to enjoy a better night's sleep. Herbal remedies designed to improve quality and duration of sleep can assist patients in managing and even reducing excessive daytime sleepiness otherwise brought on by sleep apnea.
Similarly, use of aromatherapy, chromatherapy and guided relaxation and meditation can help to reduce anxiety and insomnia sleep apnea patients experience as they learn to manage their sleep disorder.
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Donald Saunders is the author of a number of health related publications including: "Help Me To Sleep - A Guide To Natural Sleep Remedies", "Jet Lag - An Alternative Approach", "Shift Work Insomnia" and "The Art of Meditation - A Guide To Meditation, Breathing and Relaxation Techniques" For further details please visit Sleep Apnea