Sleep Apnea - Advice & Suggestions
13 Nov 16 - By TheRazzLine - Compilation
We got lots of good advice on treating sleep apnea - so here it is! Please remember this is ADVICE and a licensed medical doctor should always be consulted to treat Sleep Apnea.
May I suggest a genius of an MD in So Cal:
go to www.Whitakerwellnesscenter.com
He sorts out the cause and corrects accordingly.
I have sleep apnea. I was diagnosed in January of 2003 when my doctor ordered a sleep study for me. I was prescribed a CPAP (Compressed Positive Airway Pressure) machine which is a little box that blows air into a mask and forces air into the lungs when I sleep. Since that time, I actually get enough deep sleep to feel refreshed when I wake up and I don't fall asleep whenever I sit down. It has REALLY made a difference in my energy and stamina.
I found out that the long-term effect of unhandled sleep apnea is pulmonary hypertension, which is the body's gradually increasing inability to exchange oxygen between the lungs and the bloodstream. Essentially, that means that you lose the ability to breathe, and eventually you just suffocate. So if you have been diagnosed, get treatment as soon as possible.
A lot of people don't like the CPAP because you have to sleep with a mask on. I didn't find it difficult to adjust to at all and it has completely eliminated my snoring, sleep restlessness, stopping breathing, etc. - all the symptoms. My husband said that for the first couple of nights after I had the CPAP, he had to check to make sure that I wasn't dead because I was so quiet when I was sleeping. It has improved HIS sleep as well.
This isn't a cure, but it sure has handled the pressing health issues, like no sleep! If you need it, get it - it's worth it.
I had it severe, to the point where I could barely stay awake during the day. I have used the CPAP machine for 3 years and am VERY happy with it, and sleep soundly through the night for years now.
I worked for two years with a dentist who treated only sleep apnea. We used a dental mouthpiece called a Full Breath Solution Appliance. It was miraculous when it worked (about 95% of the time!)
1. Cardio-pulmonary exercise every day on a gradient (I use a stationary bike; my dad had a rowing machine.) Breathe, baby breathe.
2. Cut back on drinking alcohol.
3. Lose weight; 2 pounds a week is good. Eat less quantity of your usual diet, add fiber, eat fruit and veggies for snacks, and drink a detox tea once or twice a week (or Dr Schultz Formula #1).
4. Have a cup of caffeinated (yes, caffeinated) coffee between 5 and 6 pm - adjust time as needed to avoid insomnia. Black or green tea also works.
I suggest you check out Dr. Greenburg (a Scientist) who has developed a very workable and more comfortable solution. www.usnorenomore.com
This will very likely handle the problem! It's incredibly cheap and effective. It worked on my girlfriend and also on a friend's husband. Their sleep apnea was just awful and now they are both doing great.
I had a very mild case of sleep apnea that I only got when sleeping on my back and it completely disappeared when I lost 65 pounds. It was apparently caused by too much fat in my airway. I imagine the handling will depend on what is causing the problem.
My wife had a couple of strokes (2000 and 2006) and developed sleep apnea along the way. This is what I'd call a "full blown" case of it. Her breathing would get raggedy for some time, and she would actually stop breathing for more than a minute, sometimes 1 1/2 minutes. Then she’d catch up with huge deep breaths as if coming up for air after being underwater. It scared the hell out of me if I was unlucky enough to be awake at the time.
The solution I came up with that seems to handle it reasonably was to have her sleep in a semi-sitting position on a long triangular bolster (butt to head) at about a 20+ degree angle, with a pillow at the top of the bolster (kinda like on a chaise lounge). This seems to put the lungs and throat, etc. in a better position.
Another aid we have is an oxygen-generating machine that converts air into pure oxygen, which one breathes either with a mask (which she would have none of) or a tube with two little extensions that go into the nostrils, like you see in hospitals. The oxygen generator only serves to get more oxygen into the system during normal breathing; I don't think it does much for apnea. It's expensive too, unless someone else (like Medicare) pays for it.
I've also observed that my wife had no problems when she slept on her side, in a kind of semi-fetal position. Again, this is a better position for the lungs/trachea.
CPAP (Compressed Positive Airway Pressure) was the only thing that worked for me after trying a few other things. I have had sleep apnea for 6 years. I went to a doctor to get a sleep test ordered and then went from there. I went to a place over night where they let me sleep for the night with all sorts of wires connected to me then the rest of the night I was using a CPAP machine.
It has been a life saver for me as it was found that my heart actually stopped 8 times during the first part of the test.
Two friends of mind handled their sleep apnea with snore guards, and said they wake up feeling brighter and well-rested. You can see what snoring causes physically which includes sleep apnea by Googling it; this can include “quiet” snoring as well.
I handled it with Judy Cutler's nutritional formulas, a good bed and less stress.
BEWARE of the diagnosis of sleep apnea. The road it leads down in the medical community is NOT good, such as little electrodes embedded in the brain. The diagnosis of “sleep apnea” is being thrown out very freely, so get several opinions.
True sleep apnea is extremely rare. I spoke to Dr. Meagan Shields about this.
Upon interviewing a person that supposedly had sleep apnea, there were other untreated medical situations, as well as an uncomfortable mattress. She had been diagnosed with sleep apnea without being asked her about her mattress, or suggesting she get a better one.
I have apnea. It was diagnosed at the end of 1999.
I have a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. It's fantastic. Yes, I do have to take it wherever I go but I'm just used to that. There are some new ones that are smaller than mine and some that are even battery powered.
I have a humidifier on mine and I would definitely recommend that no matter where you live. The next thing is finding the correct mask. Very important! I went through about 5 masks before I found one I really like called the "Mirage". I've had 2 of those in the past 5 years
A client is having good results with a system they are using at: www.kingstondentalstl.com
I work at a sleep apnea clinic in Tarzana. The owner and doctor is Dr. Bryan Keropian. Go to his website: www.fullbreathcenter.com and let me know if you have any questions.
You are welcome to call me at 818-344-7200 if you have any questions!
I have been using CPAP for 7 years now with great success. Different people have varying degrees of tolerance of CPAP. Usually the worse the apnea, the better they tolerate it. Often, the more the person weighs, the worse the apnea. The severity of the apnea (number of events per hour) is measured during a sleep test (polysomnogram) and a sleep physician interprets the study and recommends treatment (most commonly CPAP). For the large number of people who do not tolerate CPAP very well, there is an alternative form of treatment involving wearing a plastic device in the mouth which postures the lower jaw forward in order to keep the airway open. I have worn one for 18 years. I am an orthodontist by trade, and have made it a subspecialty to provide these dental devices. Attached is an article I published in the Journal of the California Dental Association 10 years ago.
The fact that you queried The RazzLine on what forms of treatment there are for sleep apnea makes me assume you have not yet had a sleep study done, because if you had it done, you should have been told the forms of therapy that exist by the sleep physician. If you have had one done you might want to forward a copy of it to me so I can read it and see how severe the apneas are. My practice is in Torrance if you want to come and talk.
For mild apnea first try a mouth piece called PureSleep. It’s only $60 and works with mild apnea...much more comfortable too. www.puresleep.com
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