When the surgeon specialist I complained diagnosed that I suffer from mild sleep apnea, I decided I would not rush in and accept the offered solution, which was to have some contraptions either strapped to my face or implanted in my mouth so I could get a good night's sleep.
The doctor warned that not taking immediate remedial action for mild sleep apnea could have made the situation worse and in the long term, prove fatal. I think I've been having mild sleep deprivation for as long as I can remember so I decided that another week or two will not make matters any worse. A good night's sleep would have to wait until I did some research of my own. To begin with, I decided to talk to a few friends about it as well as research the net for possible natural solutions. I'm really glad I did.
Different types of sleep apnea
Through my research I found out that there were three versions of sleep apnea. These are: (a) Central sleep apnea, (b) Obstructive apnea and (c) Mixed Apnea.
I guess you know that our brain controls everything, even our breathing. In central sleep deprivation, the signals from our brain are lost in transit resulting in our breathing system kind of misfiring ie it might briefly skip inhaling or exhaling.
Obstructive Sleep deprivation occurs when your breathing is physically blocked your wind pipe will not allow air to pass through. This can happen if you have a severe cold and suffer from acute swinging of the tonsils, or are obese.
The third kind ie Mixed Sleep Apnea is when you suffer from Central sleep deprivation and have a wind pipe that is frequently physically blocked.
If you suffer from a mild sleep apnea, some natural remedies may help. This may sound ridiculous to you but I found that drinking a nice warm glass of milk with a pinch of turmeric powder (available at any grocery store), before sleeping gave me sound, natural, restful sleep. So long as you add just a pinch of turmeric powder you will not need any sugar in it.
If you happen to be lactose intolerant, you might want to try a warm glass of herbal tea. Both these remedies will provide temporary cure for any throat infection and go a long way towards giving you some much need sleep.
If none of these remedies sound appealing to you, add a pinch of salt to a cup of warm water (as hot as you can take it) and gargle with it. You will get instant relief from any throat infection which in turn will reduce the effects of mild apnea.
I know this might be difficult, but try and sleep on your side rather than on your back. If you are a smoker, either give it up or at least dramatically cut down on the number of smokers you have during the second half of the day. Lastly, if you feel the air in your room is too dry, try using an air humidifier. All these or a combination of them will help you combat mild sleep apnea.