Apnoea stops you from entering deep REM sleep. The implications can be very serious and are not just limited to snoring:
- Daytime fatigue
- Breath holding at night
- Headaches on waking
- Reduced interest in sex
Mainstream treatment uses a CPAP machine during the night, but these are cumbersome and not to everybody’s liking. Surgery is also offered to some people.
Natural and gentle treatments
- A lifestyle review is helpful, looking at diet, weight, exercise and allergies
- Relaxation to induce deep sleep
- Acupuncture has been shown to have an immediate beneficial effect on apnoea (1)
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1. Immediate effect of acupuncture on the sleep pattern of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea, Anaflávia O Freire, Gisele C M Sugai, Sônia Maria Togeiro, Luiz Eugênio Mello, Sérgio Tufik; Acupunct Med 2010;28:115-119.