It has been some time since my last post but I wanted to publish an update for a couple of items.
First, I recently started going back to the gym because my doctor said that my cholesterol and sugar levels are increasing. After a couple of weeks of doing some regular cardio exercise, I started to do some weightlifting … bad idea. If you have read my other posts, you know that my sleep apnea situation became severe after I did some heavy weight lifting. Well, after only 20 minutes of weight lifting one time, I had my first sleep apnea episode in a long time and I woke up in the middle of the night with adrenaline pumping through my body. That was a scary feeling, thinking that I may go back into a serious condition again. Some of the fear that I had felt years ago (not being able to breathe) came back. So, no more weight lifting, I am not going to jeopardize my health and well being for that. It is funny how we “forget” certain things like the very thing that caused this severe condition in the first place.
Second, I am always looking for ways to get better sleep and I discovered an exercise a while ago that does a better job of getting my posture ready for good sleep. I will probably need to do a youtube video for this to be clearly communicated but I will try and relay this in words. The exercise only takes a minute or less. You start out with a “downward dog” yoga pose but your butt is not sticking up as high as that and you focus on your lower back being arched. You push your body back slowly and drop your head so that you are looking behind you through your legs. Then you slowly transition to a very minimal “cobra” yoga pose and hold that position for a few seconds so that your lower back is the sagging in the middle and you are looking straight ahead.
I hope this information helps you. Be well. 🙂