If you’re not sleeping well, if your partner complains that you snore loudly or you’re finding yourself excessively tired and having trouble concentrating during the day, you may have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.
But how do you find out if you have sleep apnea? Tired at work? Can’t stay awake watching TV? The most common symptoms are daytime sleepiness or fatigue and snoring. Symptoms may be present for years without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.
Breathing is disrupted while you sleep, waking you up sometimes dozens of time during the night, depriving your brain of oxygen and often resulting in fatigue, difficulty focusing and even worse physical problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
Some natural supplements may help you to sleep better. Melatonin has been the most popular natural sleep aid product but some other products can also help you to get a better night of sleep.
Valerian, L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), and Ashwaganda are also common ingredients in supplements to promote sleep. These herbal blends are generally combined with vitamins and minerals and can help to promote relaxation, and stimulate sleep. Melatonin and GABA are keys to maintaining a normal sleep cycle and may help to reduce sleep apnea.
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