Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder categorized by repeated stops and starts of breathing due to the narrowing of airways during sleep. In fact, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, more than 22 million Americans suffer from this disorder. Negative symptoms of sleep issues range from high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, stroke, cardiovascular problems, and even obesity. There are three main types of sleep apnea including:
This most common form, obstructive sleep apnea, happens when your throat muscles relax.
The cause of central sleep apnea is when your brain doesn’t send the right signals to your body to regulate and control you normal breathing
Complex apnea is when both obstructive and central apnea happen at once.
The good news is that massage can be a great addition to a health routine dealing with the difficulties of sleep apnea. As a key reducer of stress and its burdens on the body, massage encourages relaxation and helps to regulate hormone levels that impact sleep. Dopamine and serotonin production receive a boost from a massage session while the stress hormone, cortisol is suppressed in order to help you feel like your best self.
Massage does not cure any portion of the condition of sleep apnea but it can aid in making the sleep you do get more restful. Other advice to help make the most of shuteye time includes:
- Create a healthy bedtime routine and stick to it.
- Wind down for sleep without the interference of technology. This means no phones or television in bed!
- Make a peaceful environment in your bedroom to encourage your natural circadian rhythms.
- Avoid drinking any caffeine late in the day as this can interfere with your body’s queues for when it is time to wake up and go to sleep.