Yoga for Sleep Apnea

Yoga Breathing and Weight Loss for Sleep Apnea

Yoga for sleep apnea can improve your sleep quality if you have a mild case of obstructive sleep apnea, thus when you have five or less apnea episodes during sleep.

There are two types of yoga exercises that can help your obstructive sleep apnea:

  • yoga breathing exercises
  • yoga exercises for weight loss

Yoga breathing exercises for sleep apnea

Breathing efficiently can relieve many health problems, including sleep disorders, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness, visual problems and chest problems.

With yoga for sleep apnea you can also improve snoring, keep your lung tissue elastic, tone your abdominal muscles and strengthen your immune system.

As you breathe deeply, you increase your oxygen intake which boosts your energy, improve your metabolism and also helps rid your body of toxins.

Here is the first video about yoga for sleep apnea (OSA):

To ensure you are breathing efficiently, make sure your posture is correct, your spine is straight and your shoulders are relaxed. Proper posture helps ensure your lungs have the maximum amount of room to expand in your chest, which allows you to take full breaths.

The next video is about yoga exercises to control snoring:

Tips for yoga breathing exercises

  • choose a location with lots of fresh, clean, warm air.
  • make sure you don't wear any clothing that constricts your breathing, such as pants with a tight waistline.
  • if you have lung problems, such as asthma, or if you have heart disease, you should consult your doctor before you perform breathing exercises.
  • these exercises may be effective only if you have snoring or mild obstructive sleep apnea. If you have more than five obstructive apnea episodes, you should consult your doctor.

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Yoga exercises for weight loss

If your main cause of obstructive sleep apnea is obesity, then weight loss can be the most effective cure for your sleep apnea.

To keep the explanations as simple as possible, I found a couple of videos with yoga exercises for overweight persons. This is good news, because you probably see that most of the yoga exercises are practiced by slim individuals.

These are the most rated yoga exercises for overweight persons from YouTube, and many are very satisfied with the results:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Tips for healthy diet in yoga for sleep apnea

When shopping for groceries, you should select food that is natural, nutritious and unprocessed. Good choices include fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts, whole grain breads and dairy products.

You should avoid foods that may overstimulate your mind and body, such as refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Also, try to avoid foods that can make you feel sluggish, such as meat, fried foods and fast food.

For more info about special diet for sleep apnea, see Sleep Apnea Weight Loss Plan.

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