natural cures for sleep apnea

  1. Apnea linked to osteoporosis

    Sleep disorder can cause bone loss

    Sleep apnea has been linked to heart attack, stroke, dementia, diabetes and even an early death. And now, new research adds one more risk to the list: osteoporosis.

    When you suffer from apnea, you stop breathing in your sleep -- depriving your body of oxygen.

    Your bone needs oxygen as much as the rest of your body. When it doesn't get it, your bone can get soft, weak, brittle and thin.

    As a result, the new study out of Taiwan finds that sleep apnea can increase your risk of osteoporosis by 270 percent, especially in women (who are already at a higher risk of the condition) and seniors.

    Osteoporosis, of course, is more than just weak bone. It means a higher risk of falls, a higher risk of fractures if you do fall and even bone so brittle it can break for no apparent reason at all.

    Those broken bones are a major cause of disability and loss of independence in seniors, and in some cases they can even lead to death.

    That's why it's critical to take action to protect your bone in any way you can -- so along with bone-building nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, make sure you don't mess around with sleep apnea.

    If you have it -- if you even suspect you have it -- get it taken care of.

    The most common sign of sleep apnea is heavy snoring followed by periods of total silence. It can happen hundreds of times a night, but you'll never notice it yourself.

    Have your spouse keep watch instead, or speak to your doctor about spending a night in a sleep clinic.

    If you have the condition, the safest and most effective approach isn't a surgical procedure or an oxygen mask such as a CPAP machine.

    It's weight loss.

    Most cases of apnea are caused by obesity -- and most cases will ease or even vanish if you lose the weight.

  2. Obesity linked to causes of sleep apnea

    Apnea on the rise

    Every night, millions of Americans snore and then fall silent -- but it's not the silence of a restful sleep finally taking hold.

    Loud snores followed by total silence can be one of the signs and causes of sleep apnea -- and that silence marks the moments when they're not breathing at all.

    These episodes can last from between 10 and 30 seconds to a minute or more, and they can happen hundreds of times a night. And a new study on the causes of sleep apnea shows more people have this frightening condition than ever before.

    Up to 5 million Americans may be suffering from sleep apnea, including 1 in 6 of all men between the ages of 50 and 70, and nearly 10 percent of all women in that age group. In addition, 10 percent of men between 30 and 49 and 3 percent of women that age also have it.

    All told, apnea cases could be up by as much as 55 percent over the past two decades, according to the new causes of sleep apnea study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

    The problem with diagnosing and treating sleep apnea is that many of the people who have it don't know it -- so they never even seek treatment.

    Sometimes, the only sign is that you just don't feel as well-rested as you should after a full night's sleep. Other common warning signs can include a dry mouth, sore throat, and/or headaches.

    If you have a spouse, you can take turns keeping watch to see if you can spot the signs of apnea (they are unmistakable, and the first time you see it in action can be terrifying). But the best way to get diagnosed is to spend a night in a sleep clinic.

    There are a number of treatment options, including an oxygen mask you can wear at night, but they are noisy and uncomfortable.

    There's a much better solution -- and that's to lose weight. Apnea is almost always linked to weight, and the new study pf the causes of sleep apnea finds that between 80 percent and 90 percent of all new cases are related to obesity.

    Don't wait. Sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, dementia and more -- and we're learning of new risks all the time. Get yours taken care of now, before you discover any new risks the hard way.

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