The use of alternative therapies is becoming increasingly popular, as more people understand that natural methods of cure and treatment have sound medical fundamentals. These are the people who remember that aspirin originally - with the ancient Greeks - began as a distillation of dart bark. In short, nature often provides resources to fix what's wrong with you.
How is your weight? Be honest, now. If you have sleep apnea problems, there is a very good chance that you are overweight by at least 15 pounds. The extra weight often goes to the neck ("double chin" someone?) And results in a restricted airway. If you are overweight, try to lose the extra pounds and see if it does not solve the problem. There are other benefits to losing extra weight as well; but you already know - you've already heard too much from friends and family - about the benefits, so I will not get into them here.
In addition to losing weight, or while you are losing weight, you can also try to sleep on your side. This tends to help keep the airway open because it makes it more difficult for the muscles to collapse.
How is your diet? Homeopathy practitioners believe there is a link between sleep apnea and energy loss. Thus, diet is something that you should pay attention to if you are struggling with sleep apnea. You should probably consider reducing the amount of sugar in your diet along with food you may be mildly allergic to - perhaps so mildly allergic that you do not know it. A homeopathic doctor will consider your situation and recommend other foods and additives that you should keep away from.
The homeopathic doctor may recommend one or more herbal medicines. These recommendations are often based on your personality. Laches are often recommended to extroverted individuals. If you're extroverted, charismatic, quick to anger and other mood swings, then you can be the perfect candidate for lachesis. On the other hand, if you are inverted or have a history of pain and discomfort - either emotional or physical pain - you may be susceptible to treatment with homeopathic opium.
How does the world smell like you? Aromatherapy has proven to be useful in managing sleep apnea episodes. Using fake essence in oils, light and sprays tends to relax. In addition to helping you deal with your sleep disorder, this relaxation also tends to lower stress and high blood pressure. Vervain and various other flower / essence agents are found in most health food stores or can be found online. If you are not already familiar with aromatherapy, you should investigate this type of non-invasive alternative therapy for yourself.
How is your serotonin? There is evidence that sleep apnea is sometimes related to serotonin levels. The nerves that control your breathing require a certain amount of serotonin to be effective. In addition, your body's serotonin receptors control which hormones are released into your body, and when released and in what amounts. Cortisol is one of the hormones controlled by serotonin and cortisol controls, including muscles that make breathing possible.
Researchers have concluded that sleep apnea is often due to failure in the serotonin system. They further claim that the use of a serotonin precursor, such as 5-HTP, may be very beneficial if you suffer from debilitating sleep apnea. Doctors recommending 5-HTP suggest that you consume 100 to 300 mg (milligram) 5-HTP before you go to sleep so that your sleep becomes more restful and less disturbed. 5-HTP is also claimed to improve your concentration and productivity throughout the day.
How is your skepticism? There are those who tend to compare "alternative treatment" with "quack medicine" in their own minds. Hopefully, you have come to know - which has a lot of "the medical facility" - that alternative treatments like acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy and many more have a scientific foundation that underlies their effectiveness. If you have not yet considered alternative therapies as a potential treatment, it may be time to do so. Alternative therapies should be a complement to traditional medical treatment, not a replacement to consult your doctor.