Obstructive sleep apnea: Review of literature and Ayurvedic treatment options
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The present modern era has brought about a dramatic change in the life style of people leading to a more sedentry habit with unhygienic food intake. These changes in the human life have led to the emergence of various chronic co-morbid diseases like obesity, obstructive sleep apnea and cardiac problems. Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition characterized by frequent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep. Its effect on nocturnal sleep quality and ensuing daytime fatigue and sleepiness are widely acknowledged. Increasingly, obstructive sleep apnea is also being recognized as an independent risk factor for several clinical consequences, including systemic hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and abnormal glucose metabolism. Therefore a concerted effort by health care professional across specialties is needed to identify this health problem and treat it at an early stage. In ayurveda ahara(diet), Nidra(Sleep), Bramhacharya (celibecy) are considered as sub pillar of life. As treatment includes a change in life style and food habit of the individual, an holistic Ayurvedic approach has a better answer for this chronic problem than the modern treatment modalities.