Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Remedies for Sleep Apnea

Monday, 27 Feb 2012 10:18 AM

Dear Dr. Hibberd: Is there any cure for sleep apnea? Are there any natural remedies or lifestyle changes that might help me? I’m a woman in 60s who is a little overweight.

Answer: Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing is disrupted during sleep. Overweight people, and people over 40 are at greater risk for sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can cause hypertension, stroke, or heart failure. Simple changes in lifestyle do help. You can try any of the following: Lose weight (eat healthy, exercise regularly), avoid alcohol and sleeping pills, change sleep positions to promote regular breathing, avoid sleeping on your back, and stop smoking.

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