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Good sleep is part of good health. Yet many adults suffer from different types of sleep disorders, from insomnia to sleep apnea. I, myself, suffer from sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness; so I began researching ways to alleviate my sleep issues. I already used an expensive Bi-pap machine that was cumbersome and prone to break down. I wanted to find more natural ways to alleviate my sleep troubles.
I looked into the use of CBD oil with high hopes. What I found is that CBD oil is considered to be an excellent sleep aid. It helps people combat insomnia and fall asleep. Even better, many say it helps them stay asleep, a common sleep problem. However, CBD is not recommended for those with sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the body stops breathing for brief periods during sleep, sometimes as many as 100 times in a single night. It is potentially dangerous if you stop breathing for too long. Since CBD is known to help people get deeper sleep, that may be dangerous if you tend to have episodes of apnea. Medical experts generally agree that sleep apnea “should be evaluated and treated with conventional medicine. Complementary and alternative therapies may be helpful when used in addition to medical treatment.”
While CBD oil is not recommended for sleep apnea, perhaps its greatest benefit comes from reducing stress and anxiety, making it easier for a person to fall asleep. In addition, it eases sleep problems due to chronic pain. Overall, CBD oil also has been shown to lessen insomnia. When you aren’t stressed out, it is far easier to relax and fall asleep.
Both traditional and natural remedies, as well as lifestyle changes, can help you get better quality and quantity of sleep.
When it comes to sleep apnea, the two main causes are your upper airway being blocked and your brain not sending the message to breathe to your lungs. To open your airway, your sleeping position is important. Sleeping on your side is better than sleeping on your back. If you tend to flop over, consider using a body pillow, wedge, or other means of keeping you propped on your side. It also helps to raise your head by using a firm wedge pillow (soft pillows can make your condition worse) or placing something under your mattress to raise your head.
If the cause of your sleep apnea is airway obstruction, some physicians may recommend removing tonsils, adenoids, or other physical obstructions to open the airway. Dental implants are another way to keep your airway open by wither holding your tongue in position or sliding your jaw forward. It is recommended primarily for those who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine.
Of course, removing airway obstructions won’t help if brain miscommunication is the primary cause of your sleep apnea. It is best to talk with your medical professional about the cause of your sleep apnea and what treatments might work for you.
Whether you suffer from insomnia, waking episodes, sleep apnea, or excessive fatigue, there are some natural ways to help yourself get a better night’s rest.
Beyond seeking the Lord and healthy lifestyle changes all of us can benefit from, consult with your physician before you undertake alternative treatments to improve the quality of your sleep.
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