If you find yourself having the proverbial brain freeze at work all too often, and you know you suffer from sleep apnea (or think you do because you just can’t feel rested after a long night’s sleep), then listen up: it’s time to reach for the green tea.
More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes your airway to collapse during sleep. If you’re among those millions, then each night your breathing essentially gets cut off multiple times, and so does that restful sleep. Untreated sufferers of sleep apnea never feel fully rested, which can result in chronic sleep deprivation that can be life-threatening.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
You could have apnea if:
- You snore
- You wake up with a headache
- You're moody most days
- You are tired to the point of falling asleep
- You have constant congestion
- Someone has seen you stop breathing
But there’s some good news to report: chemicals found in green tea may be able to prevent some of the cognitive problems that can happen with obstructive sleep apnea.