Sleep Apnea, a sleeping disorder, is characterized by cessation of the act of breathing at night during sleep for 10 seconds or much longer at least five times per hour. It is a serious condition that impairs one’s sleeping pattern resulting in constant daytime fatigue or sleepiness, inability to perform tasks at one’s full capacity, and increased susceptibility to infections and diseases. This sleeping disorder is more often than not accompanied by snoring. Usually, people who have this kind of disorder do not know that they have this condition.
Sleep apnea is categorized into three: obstructive, central and mixed. But we will tackle the most familiar type of apnea which is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs as tissues of the upper throat flop at various times throughout sleep, thus, blocking the course of air. To better understand the condition, we will describe its process thoroughly:
Before air goes into the lungs, it has to pass through first the upper airway which consists of the nose, the mouth, and then the throat. Normally, the back of one’s throat (soft palate) is supple or soft allowing it to cave in or collapse inward as one tries to breathe. The dilator muscles of the oral cavity then tries to maintain the airway open by working against this collapse. In the event that an obstruction or abnormality happens, air turbulence results. In addition, if the tissues of the soft palate caves inward and becomes temporarily blocked, then apnea or cessation of breathing takes place. Some people who experience this temporary blockage are unaware that this happens while others awaken trying to gasp for air. In other instances, the interference is not complete. Thus, it results in a continuous yet sluggish and shallow breathing. With this, vibration of the throat occurs and giving rise to the resonance of snoring.
An alternative means of relieving sleep apnea is said to be with the use of lavender oil. Lavender essential oil is an aromatic oil extracted from the flowers of lavender. It is extracted through the process of steam distillation. Its vapors that were collected are stored in bottles to cool and then ready to be used.
Lavender essential oil is the choice of so many because of its potency to help one relax and achieve one’s much needed rest. Its calming and soothing effects help in the induction of sleep.
To use lavender oil, pour several drops on your pillow, bed sheet, and pajamas at night. Taking a warm bath trickled with six beads of lavender oil is also a good way to get a better sleep. Lavender oil can also be applied onto the wrists and other pulse points of the body. It is easily absorbed into one’s skin helping one to easily calm down. Moreover, lavender essential oil can be placed into a diffuser to be broken up into particles and fill the bedroom with a clean, fragrant smell.
Last but not the least; try making a fine hot mug of lavender tea. Combine two teaspoons of dried out lavender buds with milk and honey then drink for about two to three minutes. This is an old tonic sure to help you with your sleeping disorder. Sleep apnea treatments using lavender can help to change your life.