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Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS)

Homeopathy Treatment for Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS

Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is a condition presenting with many pauses in breathing while a person is asleep. The condition was first described in literature by Dickens in the Pickwick Papers and hence sometimes referred to as the pickwickian syndrome.

A person has SAS if he stop breathing 5 or more times in 1 hour while asleep. Or, if he stops breathing 30 or more times during a 6 hour sleep period.

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Central and Obstructive (OSAS)

In central variety, the airways stay open, while the chest muscles and diaphragm stop working. This occurs mostly when the respiratory centres within the brain are impaired (as happens with drugs like heroin, and other opiates).

Premature children, persons on tranquilizers are more prone to CSAS. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common category of sleep-disordered breathing. When sleeping, muscle tone of the throat and neck, as well as the vast majority of all skeletal muscles, is reduced allowing the tongue and soft palate/oropharynx to relax. In the case of sleep apnea, this impedes the flow of air to a degree ranging from light snoring to complete collapse.

Conditions Associated with OSAS.

  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids (EBV infections),
  • Left palate,
  • Downs syndrome,
  • Treacher Collins syndrome,
  • Pierre Robin Sequence etc.
  • Obesity.

Risk factors of SAS

  • Most adults with sleep apnea are obese, with particular heaviness at face and neck.
  • Men are more often affected than women.
  • Children and toddlers with defects like Down syndrome, cleft palate etc.

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Central sleep apnea symptoms:
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Increased blood pressure & Heart disease
  • Increased frequency of nocturnal urination.
  • Esophageal reflux and heavy breathing at night.

Obstructive sleep apnea symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Memory loss
  • Limited attention
  • Morning headaches
  • Lethargy

Associated health problems

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Oxidative stress
  • Sudden death

Sleep Deprivation due to Sleep Apnea and insufficient sleep are common and can present as insomnia, narcolepsy, or idiopathic hypersomnia (increased sleepiness). In infants and children sleep problems commonly present themselves as ADD or ADHD.

Conventional Treatment for Sleep apnea syndrome:

Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding alcohol and medications that relax the central nervous system (for example, sedatives and muscle relaxants), losing weight, and quitting smoking are implemented.

"Stabilizing" sleep routines (i.e., go to bed at the same time each night; try to sleep for a consistent number of hours, etc.)

Learning to play the didgeridoo (an Australian wind instrument which decreases the collapsibility of upper airways), can reduce severity of OSAS.

Postural changes:

To prevent sleeping on the back just roll a small ball into the shirt. Stretching or elevating the Neck during sleep can improve the condition of sleep apnea. To stretch the neck a special pillow made for the purpose can be used. This method effectively reduces snoring and improves sleep. Sleeping in the elevated upright position might help in improving the oxygen levels in overweight people with sleep apnea. So elevating the head of the bed providing a slant for the back might help.


Homeopathic Treatment 

Homeopathy is recommended for the treatment of Sleep apnea syndrome.

Lachesis – Lachesis is a natural medicine for obstructive sleep apnea where a person wakes up frequently due to obstructed   reathing. The person may need to sit up and needs to take a deep breath. Fear of going to sleep may also prevail among  hem. Such subjects also cannot tolerate anything tight around their neck like collars.

Ammonium Carb -Ammonium Carb are blocked nose at night, inability to breathe through the nose, waking with starting  om sleep. Excessive sleepiness during the daytime is also well noted.

 Agraphis Nutans- Enlarged tonsils or enlarged adenoids with obstructive sleep apnea, obstruction of nose, tendency to take cold frequently. In addition to these symptoms, deafness or ear discharge may be present.

Lemna Minor - Lemna Minor offers help in cases when the symptoms are OSA with stuffed nostrils from polyps, foul smell from the nose, thick yellow-white discharge from the nose and snoring.

Sanguinaria Nitricum is useful when symptoms include OSA with the dryness of  nostrils, yellow-bloody mucus discharge from the nose, sneezing, burning in nostrils, desire for fresh air, and poor/restless sleep. Nasal turbinate hypertrophy may be present

along with nasal polyps for using both these medicines.