Obstructive sleep apnea has at least upper respiratory, lower respiratory, vocal tract, postural and energetic/nutritional/allergy factors.
SLEEP APNEA QUIZ
Do you snore?
Are you sleepy during the day?
Are you overweight?
Do you wake up with morning headaches?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Do you find it hard to stay awake while driving, watching TV or attending a meeting?
Do you ever wake up choking or gasping for air, or have a skipping or racing heartbeat during the night?
Has anyone watched you sleeping and told you that you hold your breath, snort, or move often during sleep?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the chances of driving accidents and increase your risk of stroke or heart disease.
Another greatly over looked contributing factor is the way you breathe
There are two kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive apnea and central apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. Nine out of 10 people with sleep apnea have this type of apnea. If you have obstructive apnea, something is blocking the passage or windpipe (called the trachea) that brings air into your body. When you try to breathe, you can't get enough air because of the blockage. Your windpipe might be blocked by your tongue, tonsils or uvula (the little piece of flesh that hangs down in the back of your throat). It might also be blocked by a large amount of fatty tissue in the throat or even by relaxed throat muscles.
Central sleep apnea is rare. This type of sleep apnea is related to the function of the central nervous system. If you have this type of apnea, the muscles you use to breathe don't get the "go-ahead" signal from your brain. Either the brain doesn't send the signal, or the signal gets interrupted or (FROM MIKE: The breathing patterns get in the way of smooth effortless, easy inhales.)
Is sleep apnea common?
Doctors estimate that about 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. Men and people who are over 40 years old are more likely to have sleep apnea, but it can affect anyone at any age. If you are interested in meeting other people who have sleep apnea, you can visit the American Sleep Apnea Association's Web site to find the location of a support group near you.
How is sleep apnea treated via traditional medicine?
Certain dental devices can be used to treat mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea. These devices move your jaw forward to make breathing easier.
A common treatment for sleep apnea is called "continuous positive airway pressure," or CPAP. For this treatment, you wear a special mask over your nose and mouth while you are sleeping. The mask will keep your airway open by adding pressure to the air you breathe. It helps most people who have sleep apnea. Another possibility is a special herb combination (central or obstructive can repond favorably).
In very few cases, surgery is necessary to remove tonsils or extra tissue from the throat.
If you think you might have apnea contact your doctor for a sleep test but let him or her know that it is a good idea to work on strengthening the breathing simultaneously while addressing sleep apnea. Otherwise you can become dependant upon the drug or mechanical assistance to breathing for the rest of your life.
OSA can be relatively easy or VERY difficult to handle.
When the breathing gets better so can or might OSA reduce but it has several components that may be too much for only breathing to address. Each person is unique and needs to be evaluated as such. What we do is particularly relevant for those that can not or will not use the forced air intake devices for whatever reason.
We have been successful in getting some off of those devices partly because the person really does not like to be hooked up to the machinery and partly because for those people the equipment does not work as well as hoped for so they are more motivated to take charge of their sleep. I really believe that OSA is mostly about breathing but some are not ready or able to do what it takes to develop their breathing.
"Holding our breath during the conscious state (for the new aspect see email apnea) no different from the problem of sleep apnea with episodes of not breathing--except for the fact that the highest consumption of oxygen occurs during REM sleep as we noted above and sleep time is therefore the time when we can least afford a cessation of breathing." So You Didn't Go To Medical School. Read this. Joseph L Borkson, MD
Optimal Breathing almost always helps improve sleep.
Our main source of energy is breathing. Our main source of energy recovery is sleep. We have developed both a self help program program, skype sessions or one that requires a visit to our office for training for a few days. We almost always get good to great results.
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