Are you constantly fatigued during the daytime? Do you have a poor concentration span? Are you experiencing frequent mood changes? Or do you frequently need to use the toilet at night? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is becoming more commonly diagnosed, especially in men over 30 years old. Recent studies show that one in four men of above 30 years of age experience sleep apnea. So what is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can be described as a condition whereby an individual has interrupted sleep patterns due to a blockage in the upper airway. This blockage occurs when the walls of the throat come together. While each individual is different, breathing generally stops for ten seconds to one minute. The brain may register the drop of oxygen levels and send a signal to the body to wake up and get oxygen. Most of the time this happens subtly and you fall back to sleep without noticing the short period of time when you were awake.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can be dangerous and lend to serious conditions like heart attacks and strokes.
So, obviously, if you think you might have sleep apnea, the first step is to get checked by a doctor and be under medical supervision.
However, many people with sleep apnea are looking for more ways than just medications and masks to treat their conditions which is where essential oils can come in.
You can use essential oils anyway that infiltrates your airway at bedtime. Some of the popular ways to use them include diffusing them, steaming your face with them before bed, making a pillow spray or a vapor rub.
Valerian Essential Oil
To start our list is Valerian Essential Oil. Valerian is a perennial flower. Originally grown in Asia and Europe, it has now become common in the U.S.A. The last five century, it was used as a fragrance. However, it was also known for its medicinal values as it was commonly referred to as “Heal All”. In recent times, studies have shown that valerian essential oils comes with a number of great benefits including the treatment of sleep disorders.
Peppermint essential oil
They are numerous causes of sleep apnea. One of the causes is nasal congestion. In cases whereby sleep apnea is as a result of nasal congestion, peppermint essential oil can act as an effective remedy. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce and eradicate inflammation and irritation throughout the nasal passage. To get the best result, rub it under your nostril or mix in a glass of water and gargle it. You can also place a few drops of the oil in a bowl of warm water and breathe in the steam.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil contains antispasmodic properties. These properties help to heal throat infections and also moisturize the back of your throat.
Lavender Essential Oil
For countless centuries, Lavender essential oil has been the most used essential oil. Lavender Essential Oil comes with a number of great features which include; antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative and antidepressant. Although commonly used for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes, Lavender Essential oils can act as a great healer for individuals suffering from sleep apnea. It helps the brain muscle to relax, thus promoting proper control of your breathing pattern.