12 Ways to Beat Sleep Apnea Without Machines (#8 is Fun!)

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7. Turmeric

Milk is loaded with an amino acid called tryptophan that encourages sleep. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can reduce inflammation in the airways, which will help you breathe more freely. This combination is a potent, but completely natural, way to help fight sleep apnea. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with one cup of whole milk. Bring to a boil, and then simmer on low for one minute. Remove from the heat, and add a teaspoon of honey if you like. Drink this 30 minutes before bedtime for best results.

 

8. Throat Exercises

Strengthening the muscles in and around the throat area can keep airways open so you breathe freely at night. This will reduce snoring and other breathing problems.

  • Play with a kazoo (sometimes called a didgeridoo) five or six times a week for 20 to 25 minutes at a time.
  • Say the alphabet out loud. Be sure that you exaggerate each sound. Open your mouth wide and make your mouth and throat muscles really work to make these sounds. Do this two or three times each day.
  • Get a couple of balloons. Blow them up by inhaling through your nose and then exhaling through your mouth. Try not to remove the balloon from your mouth and keep going as long as you can or until the balloon is about to pop.  Blow up three or four balloons each day.

 

9.  Epsom Salt Soak

Many naturopaths use this method to help improve sleeping patterns. Epsom salt is actually just magnesium flakes, which relax muscles and create an overall feeling of well-being. Epsom salt will also reduce inflammation throughout the body. To try this method, simply add two cups of Epsom salt in a bath filled with very warm water and mix well. Soak in this bath for 20 to 30 minutes at least an hour before bedtime. Do this three or four times each week for best results.

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