The number of people with sleep apnea grows every year. Here are some suggestions to help mild cases of the condition. For more serious versions, consult your doctor.

Reduce your weight 5 to 10 lbs. Extra weight can obstruct your breathing while you sleep.

Avoid drugs and alcohol. Both slow your respiratory system, which can produce sleep apnea.

Avoid sleeping on your back. In this position, your tongue may fall back into your airways, creating an obstruction.

Try the flower remedy called vervain. Organic herb stores carry this in dry herb form and it can be made into a tea. The herb promotes relaxation and has a calming effect.

Using a few pillows to elevate your head so as to not lay flat. Try those pillows that are designed with a hole in the middle. The base of your head rests in the hole and this keeps your airways open.

Try 5-HTP. This is amino acid raises serotonin levels in the brain to relax you.