Sleep apnoea, or OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea), is a temporary stoppage of breathing that occurs during sleep. If this involuntary breathing obstruction lasts for more than ten seconds, we are confronted to a pathology. Although this disease is still poorly diagnosed, it is quite possible to alleviate the problems at its source with homoeopathy, therefore gradually calming sleep apnoea.
The interruptions in the flow of air caused by sleep apnoea can occur over a hundred times during a single night. The condition is recognizable by a resumption of breathing accompanied by a rattle and, sometimes, mini-awakenings due to the feeling of suffocation. The patient tends to doze off during the day and, despite taking a nap, drowsiness is still evident. He or she may also suffer from fatigue and headaches upon awakening, as well as decreased energy. The patient might also have difficulties concentrating and the sleep deprivation may influence his or her mood, causing him or her to become irritable and depressed. In some cases, sleep apnea is characterized by low sexual desire.
Sleep apnoea can result in a state of permanent anxiety that manifests itself and is relieved in different ways. Indeed, some patients express their anxiety by restless nights, while others cannot resist snacking to relieve their anxiety. In the first case, the patient must take Stramonium 15 CH, but in case of hunger, the use of Lycopodium 9 CH is advisable. Sleep apnoea due to insomnia will be treated with Arsenicum Album 9 CH, to be used in combination with Psorinum and Sulphur. If the anxiety responsible for the sleep apnoea is the result of a stressful lifestyle and an excessive consumption of stimulants, the patient must take Nux Vomica 9 CH.
Certain patients suffering from sleep apnoea are so easily moved that their emotivity affects their sleep through intermittent breathing stops. In some cases, sleep apnoea can result in permanent yawns and sighs during the day, thus requiring the patient to take the homoeopathic treatment Ignatia 5 CH. If the sleep apnoea is caused by excessive shyness, the adequate treatment is Ambra grisea 9 CH.
As soon as the first symptoms appear, the affected person should get a medical check-up so that a doctor can determine a diagnosis and prescribe an effective homoeopathic remedy. The most frequent symptoms in children and infants is a persistent insomnia and organic disorders detected in the ENT region, as is the case of ear infections and gastric reflux. An adult will present other forewarning signs such as restless sleep, unexplained fears and a constant need to sleep during the day.
Good to know: Sleep apnoea is not to be confused with insomnia and only a doctor is able to make a diagnosis in order to determine which homoeopathic treatment is needed.