Sleep apnea is a very common condition that affects millions of people. It occurs when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep, prohibiting you from breathing. When this happens, your body will typically force you to wake up to begin the breathing process, interrupting the sleep cycle. Even if you don't recall waking up, this may repeatedly happen throughout the night, causing fatigue during the day. The most common symptom is snoring or gasping for air during sleep. Physicians can prescribe proper treatment, including the use of a CPAP machine, but there are also many home remedies for sleep apnea.
One of the easiest changes to make is to change your sleep position simply. Sleep apnea is the most common in people who sleep while lying flat on their backs because gravity can cause the tongue and surrounding tissue to fall back into the throat and disrupt normal breathing. Sleeping on one side, or even on your stomach, can eliminate this from happening. Many experts suggest stitching an uncomfortable but harmless object, such as a small ball or stuffed toy, into the back of your pajamas to encourage side sleeping until it becomes a habit. Shifting positions may be enough to cure your sleep apnea permanently.
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