Sleep Apnea is “a common disorder which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.”
These breathing disruptions may last from a few seconds to a few minutes, 30 times in an hour. It is no surprise that people suffering from apnea have poor sleep and experience increased episodes of daytime sleepiness.
Sleep apnea includes two types:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA)
The more common of these two types of apnea. It is caused when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleeping and thus blocks the airway.
- Central Sleep Apnea
In this condition, the airway isn’t blocked, but the brain does not signal the muscles to breathe. This is a result of the instability that occurs in the respiratory control center.
Both of these conditions can affect any person, regardless of his/her age. However, some of the risk factors that can lead to sleep apnea include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Large neck size
- Over the age of 40
- Overweight people
- Nasal obstructions because of sinus problems, deviated septum or allergies
How To Overcome Sleep Apnea Naturally?
Fortunately, there are simple and natural ways to prevent sleeping disorders such as apnea. You can improve the quality of your sleep by simply putting these plants into your bedroom.
Along the pleasant scent, lavender relaxing properties can reduce the level of anxiety and stress. According to some researchers, lavender scent slows down the heart rate thus lower the blood pressure and the level of stress.
- Snake Plant
This is one of the most recommended plants that will improve the quality of your indoor air. What is characteristic of this plant is that it emits oxygen during the night while simultaneously takes in the carbon dioxide. All this leads to a better quality of air and good-quality night sleep.
- English Ivy
English ivy is another plant for purifying the air which is very simple to grow. It improves the quality of the air, releases oxygen while absorbing the toxins. Also, it is found that it can reduce airborne up to 94%.
- Aloe Vera
This is one of the most popular air-purifying plants that emits oxygen at night and promotes good sleep. Also, it is one of the simplest plants to grow, because it does not require any special treatment nor regular watering.
Because it provides a lot of pure oxygen during the night, Aloe Vera will reduce insomnia and help you fall asleep more easily.