Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sleep apnea, sleep disorders and behavioral therapy

Of all the sleep disorders obstructive sleep apnea has to be one of the worst to correct. A blockage in the back of throat causes you to stop breathing many, many times each night and when you find out that you have sleep apnea you are then told by your doctors how to eliminate it. Which is usually by CPAP machine or surgery, the choices really aren’t that good.
 Of course that’s not to say that it is easy to cure insomnia, excessive snoring, restless leg syndrome and others. But with sleep apnea not “fixing it” could lead to serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. and to make it really bad if you have sleep apnea you may also have other sleep disorders like insomnia where being able to rest is nearly impossible. Luckily there are things that you can do to alleviate the other sleeping problems, mostly through behavioral therapy.
Behavioral therapy in this type of situation doesn’t have much to do with a therapist mostly it is changing your bad sleeping habits. While these wouldn’t help much with your sleep apnea they will certainly have an effect on sleep issues like insomnia. Sometimes this type of advice is referred to as sleep hygiene.
For more information on how to change your sleeping habits go to this post on sleeping habits.

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  1. Mediterranean diet mainly focuses on the consumption of healthy monounsaturated fats, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, legumes, nuts and low fat dairy and also moderate consumption of alcohol and less consumption of red meat. Mediterranean diet when combined with exercise can show a great effect on the symptoms of sleep apnea. But before going to any diet regimen, you need to consult your doctor.