Sleep Apnea Specialist

Esoterra Acupuncture

Enensaauas Rastrygina, DAc, LAc, LMT

Acupuncturist located in New York, NY

If you have sleep apnea, you’re probably worried and looking for a solution. Acupuncture is one of the best treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea and doesn’t require expensive sleep machines or medication. At Esoterra Acupuncture in New York City, Dr. Enensaauas Rastrygina, DAc, LAc, LMT, resolves sleep apnea with integrative therapies. If you’re in Brooklyn, the Upper West Side, Midtown Manhattan, or surrounding areas, call the clinic to schedule a consultation or book online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that causes you to intermittently stop and start breathing multiple times each hour while you’re asleep. Each pause in breathing can last for seconds or even minutes and may deprive your brain of oxygen.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: due to closed airways from relaxed throat muscles
  • Central sleep apnea: when your brain is not properly communicating with your respiratory system and fails to send the signal for you to breathe
  • Complex sleep apnea: a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea

No matter which type of sleep apnea you have, Dr. Rastrygina at Esoterra Acupuncture can help you sleep peacefully again.

What are some signs or symptoms of sleep apnea?

If you or someone close to you notices any of the following issues while you’re sleeping, you may have sleep apnea:

  • Gasping for breath
  • Snoring that sounds like choking
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Restless sleep
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches when you wake up
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Other clues that you may have sleep apnea include having a sore throat each morning, feeling irritable without knowing why, or struggling to concentrate. Sleep apnea can be serious, so it’s imperative to seek care if you exhibit any of these signs or symptoms.

Who is at risk for developing sleep apnea?

Risk factors for developing sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight
  • Having narrow airways
  • Smoking
  • Having an overbite
  • Having an indented chin

If you have sleep apnea, you’re also more likely to suffer from depression, diabetes, moodiness, and obesity.

How can you treat sleep apnea naturally?

Dr. Rastrygina usually recommends a combination of therapies to address your sleep apnea that may include aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, sound therapy, and acupuncture.

The ancient practice of acupuncture is known to improve sleep by reducing your stress and anxiousness and helping you relax. Each session strengthens your tongue so that it’s not so quick to fall back into your throat and obstruct your airway. You’ll see benefits after only one session and progressive improvements with every treatment thereafter.

If you’d rather not sleep with a CPAP machine or use an expensive dental device, consider therapeutic acupuncture therapy or other natural modalities to restore your sleep quality. Call Esoterra Acupuncture or book your appointment online.