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Natural Solutions for Sleep Apnea

Feb 19, 2012 06:31PM

According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, an estimated 6 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder marked by breathing pauses during sleep that may occur up to 30 times per hour. That results in poor-quality slumber, leaves individuals feeling overtired and may lead to other health challenges, such as high blood pressure. Mouthpieces, breathing devices and surgery are often recommended to treat sleep apnea, but natural, non-invasive herbal solutions are now available, as well.

Nature’s Rite Remedies offers a product that company founder and CEO Steven Frank, a master herbalist, developed to solve his own sleep apnea problem. “Most people believe that central sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet or by some other obstructive tissue in the throat, but that’s not so,” Frank explains. “According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it occurs because the area of your brain that controls your breathing doesn’t send the correct signals to your breathing muscles.”

For some individuals, this reduced signal causes breathing to go beyond shallow and simply stop altogether. “After a short period of time, the brain realizes the need to breathe and forces the individual to make a rapid inhalation to restart respiration.” Frank advises that, “It is this rapid inhalation that drags the sagging soft tissues into the airway.”

After struggling to sleep comfortably with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, Frank created his Sleep Apnea Relief formula of simple herbs, including lobelia, thyme and cramp bark, which according to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm during sleep. “The herbs also are known to increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct this signal,” he says.

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