Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Can Yoga Help with Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when muscles in the throat over relax and block proper airflow during sleep. The practice of yoga, particularly the breathing exercises known as pranayama, may be effective at improving breathing capacity, toning and strengthening throat muscles, and helping reduce snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea.

In addition to pranayama exercises, the asanas, or physical yoga postures, have shown to help increase overall wellbeing by assisting in both relaxation and physical fitness. Because one of the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea is obesity and physical inactivity, adopting a regular yoga practice could be used in conjunction with other treatment methods to help restore a restful night’s sleep.

In general, yoga alone will not cure sleep apnea, but may be an ideal type of behavioral therapy that can be combined with other sleep apnea treatments for a more holistic approach. The best way to learn what treatment or combination of treatments will work best for you is through a comprehensive evaluation with an experienced sleep apnea physician.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and looking for an individualized treatment approach, please contact I Hate CPAP today to find a qualified physician in your area.

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