Sleep Apnea-Mahaswasa

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Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder which is characterized by repeated stoppage and starting of breathing. People suffering from sleep apnea will have loud snoring and they feel exhausted even after sleeping a complete night.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: It occurs when the muscles present in the back of the throat get relaxed. When these muscles relax, the airway get narrowed or even closed as air is breathed in. This reduces availability of enough air, which leads to decrease in the oxygen level in blood. The brain senses the difficulty in breathing and makes the person rise from sleep so that airway can be reopened. This arising is generally so brief that the patient doesn’t remember. This pattern can repeat for about five to 30 times or more per hour, throughout the night. It will definitely affect the quality of sleep.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: This is a less common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the brain doesn’t transmit signals to breathing muscles. This leads to lack of breathing efforts for a little period. The patient may arise with experiencing shortness of breath.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The most common manifestations of obstructive and central sleep apneas are as follows;

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes of stoppage of breathing during sleep that is reported by a second person
  • Gasping during sleep for breathing
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Headache during morning
  • Lack of enough sleep
  • Excessive sleep during day time
  • Lack of concentration while awake
  • Irritability

Ayurvedic Reference of Sleep Apnea-Mahaswasa

Types of Sleep Apnea

The major types of sleep apnea are:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: It is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs due to relaxation of throat muscles.
  • Central sleep apnea: It is the type of sleep apnea that occurs when the brain fails to send sufficient signals to the muscles controlling breathing
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome: It is also known as Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea. It occurs when both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea affect together.

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is caused by the combination of vitiated doshas like Kapha and Vata and also Dhatu like Medas.  Ayurveda manages the condition through internal medicines, purification therapy and other treatment procedures.

Internal Medicines for Sleep Apnea

  • Dasamoola katutrataya kashaya
  • Indukantham Kashaya
  • Elakanadi Kashaya
  • Dasamoola rasayana
  • Agastya rasayana
  • Triphala churna
  • Trikatu churna
  • Swasanandam Gulika
  • Kanakasava
  • Vasarishta 

Purification Therapy in Sleep Apnea

  • Vamana (Vomiting)
  •  Virechana (Purgation)
  •  Nasya (Administering nasal drop) 

Treatment Procedures in Sleep Apnea

  • Shiro dhara (Pouring medicated liquids on forehead)
  • Abhyanga (Oil massage)
  • Udvarthana (Powder massage)

Single Herb Used in the Management of Sleep Apnea

  • Aswagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Tulsi (Oscimum sanctum)
  • Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)
  • Shankhupushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)
  • Karpura valli (Coleus amboinicus)
  • Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamnsi)
  • Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
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Diet in Sleep Apnea

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Vegetarian diet
  • Fresh & warm food
  • Fruits and salads with sour taste
  • Include more fruits and vegetables in diet
  • Legumes and cereals
  • Hot gruel 
  • Drink warm water intermittently
  • Steam inhalation with appropriate herbal medicines
  • Moderate exercise
  • Sleep on sides

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Refined sugars
  • Red meat
  • Processed food items
  • Non vegetarian diet
  • Deep fried food
  • Refrigerated food & drinks
  • Excessive use of A/C rooms 
  • Suppression of natural urges
  •  Sleep on back

Yoga and Pranayama for Sleep Apnea

Yoga helps in increasing blood circulation to brain and other parts of the body. Following yoga postures will be helpful in Sleep Apnea:

  • Padaangushtasana
  • Agnistabhasana
  • Uthana shishosana
  • Hastapadasana
  • Marjariasana
  • Baddhakonasana
  • Viparita Karini

Pranayama is also useful in the treatment of Sleep Apnea. It increases oxygen supply to all body parts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are the causes of Sleep apnea?

Answer: Sleep apnea is caused by various reasons like relaxation of throat muscles, defects in brain activity, over weight etc.

Question: What are the symptoms of Sleep apnea?

Answer: The symptoms of Sleep apnea include gasping during sleep, loud snoring, lack of sleep during night, increased day sleep.

Question: Is Ayurveda effective in treating Sleep apnea?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda offers effective treatment for Sleep apnea through various internal medicines, treatment procedures and body purification therapies.

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA delivers effective treatment for Sleep apnea by focusing physical, mental and emotional aspects of the patient. IAFA is a well experienced Ayurvedic institute in the management of various disorders in children and adults.

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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