One (1) Testosterone laced and ironic fact about Sleep Apnea

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.16.22 AMA lot of people¬†have gone or currently go to the gym to improve their attractiveness and sexual appeal. Let’s face it, we want to connect with a special someone and will do a LOT of things to find that connection. What if working out caused you to have Sleep Apnea though? What if your Sleep Apnea decreased your testosterone level? In my case, the Sleep Apnea became more severe the harder I worked out. Why? As I lifted more weight and pushed the limits of my workout, I was clenching my jaw tighter and tighter as I strained to do the last few reps or laps. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was actually closing down my throat area and a side effect was to become less and less social. Now, looking back, I can see why. One possible reason is because lack of sleep can decrease testosterone levels ( I went to the gym to increase my levels and actually ended up decreasing them in a round about way … how ironic.

If you work out, be sure to focus on keeping your jaw relaxed and open and you should prevent your testosterone levels from decreasing. If for some other reason, you are less social and less interested in pursuing a special someone, I have found that zinc can restore your testosterone levels easily and quickly. In my research, I found that chelated zinc worked best for me because it is easily digestible and regular zinc caused weight gain in my midsection. I also noticed that if I took too much zinc, a strange metallic taste would appear in my mouth and I would get a slight headache. As for chelated zinc, extremely small doses (3.5mg) were all that were needed for me. Also, if you take any kind of protein powder and have noticed weight gain in the wrong place, check the label for regular zinc, which could be the culprit.



Oxygen Therapy = Better Focus

Before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, I often woke up tired and not knowing the cause. So, instead of focusing on the cause, I worked on counteracting the effects of my tiredness. I started using oxygen in small doses as soon as I woke up.¬† This was quite effective at relaxing me and helping me to focus. I am sure you know the saying “too much of a good thing is bad for you” and in this case it is quite true. You can use too much oxygen and poison your body, so consult a physician before you try this. Oxygen machines or small oxygenScreen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.34.43 AM canisters can be easily purchased online. The other way to increase oxygen to your brain is to do an exercise that resembles a windmill. You stand and bend at the waist so that your head is parallel with the floor. Then you rotate both of your arms at a high rate of speed. Be sure to focus on deep breathing and do NOT hold your breath as you do this exercise.


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Weight Lifting and Good Sleep – compatible?

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.16.22 AMWhen my sleep apnea was its worst, I was lifting weights 2-3 times per week. I felt strong but my sleep (or lack of it) was killing me. I was moody and irritated a lot of times. No, I wasn’t taking any pro sports’ medicines. Often, I was straining and clenching my jaw as I increased the weight. Unfortunately, that was causing my sleep apnea to worsen. Now, if I do any kind of exercise at all, I start by keeping my jaw in a relaxed position with plenty of separation between my upper and lower molars.

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