Meditation … for relief of Sleep Apnea

When you have a condition like Sleep Apnea, any form of relief is welcome. As I was researching a quick way to overcome sleep apnea over the last two (2) years, I used meditation to provide some of that relief. I highly recommend Eckhart Tolle’s audio CD, Finding your Life’s Purpose, because you get to experience his energy, which is captivating and transformative. I have mixed in some of his ideas with my own in this post.

The basic idea of meditation is that many of us spend most of our lives thinking in the future or the past, but rarely in the present. If you are thinking about the future, it is not reality. It is a thought in your head and it is one possible future out of a billion different outcomes. If you are thinking about the past, it is not reality. It is a memory of the past reality which is one possible interpretation out of a billion different realities of the same event. Very rarely do we quiet our minds and focus on the present. Why? Because it is scary. It is much safer to disengage from reality and other people, because reality is unpredictable. At the same time, the discovery of every new moment is exciting if you embrace it. Enjoying the water as it goes down your throat and into your stomach feels good when you are in that present moment. For most of my life, I used to think that the reason you drank something was to get it into your body for sustenance. It was just a necessity that your body needed to survive. I never saw it as another thing to enjoy. When you are present minded, you can share a moment with someone else and it feels like time slows down … your mind is NOT racing to think of past and future events. If you do that, you miss the point of BEING, because you aren’t actually present with that person in that moment. It is a moment in time that is lost forever, never to be regained.

When you are present minded … it feels like time slows down.

So, how do you engage yourself in this other state of consciousness called presence? It is quite simple … you listen to your breath and feel the air going in and out of your nose. When you do this, your mind shuts off and your body feels. It is the difference between mind intelligence and body intelligence. It is that simple a concept. It is NOT that simple to practice. When you practice this, time will start to slow down for you. Of course, it is not that time is actually slowing down, it is the perception of time that changes. It is a choice between loving yourself or not. When you focus on the present, you are focusing on taking care of yourself. You are discovering yourself and deciding that you are the most important person in this world. I grew up with conservative religious beliefs and was always thinking about taking care of others, but never myself. In my old way of thinking, that would be too selfish. Unfortunately, to really care for and love others, you need to care for and love yourself first. It is the balance that matters … it always is.

Listen to your breath and feel the air going in and out of your nose. When you do this, your mind shuts off and your body feels.

One morning, I woke up extremely early and started worrying that I hadn’t completed something for work. I could feel the tension rising in my body. After a few minutes, I remembered what I learned about meditation. I started breathing deeply and listening to my own breath and I felt the tension flow out of my body. I remembered that the one outcome that I was worrying about was one out of a billion different outcomes and probably wasn’t true. After going back to sleep peacefully, I woke up and went to work. Guess what? The thing that I worried about … wasn’t true. I had taken care of everything the day before.

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How to stretch your jaw … and prevent Sleep Apnea

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 11.21.18 AM When I used to have sleep apnea, I noticed that I had trouble eating a double double at In-N-Out. I couldn’t physically open my mouth big enough to get the hamburger in there. So, I would have to squeeze it in and it always ended up in a big mess. For the longest time, I thought that was normal. Eventually, I figured out that my jaw muscles were tight and needed to be relaxed. Recently, I remembered that when I was young, I had surgery on my mouth to remove four (4) impacted molars. The pressure and strain was so great, my jaw was traumatized and I couldn’t open my mouth properly for a couple of weeks. I found that using a mouth prop helped to stretch my jaw vertically and prevent my Sleep Apnea. I place them at the back of my mouth and relax my jaw muscles as they stretch. If you have this condition, you may need to stretch your jaw both horizontally and vertically.

 

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CPAP … minus the mask

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 1.05.28 PMI found a device called Winx sleep therapy that provides the same type of therapy as the CPAP but without the mask. You insert a mouthpiece and breathe on your own through your nose. There are no uncomfortable masks to wear. However, you still have an air compressor, mouthpiece, and tubing to deal with. Why not free yourself from sleep apnea without any sleep apnea medical devices?

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) to see how I freed myself from severe sleep apnea.

 

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Guess what? Eating … can cause Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 9.31.50 AMIt sounds bizarre but it is true. Eating things that require a lot of hard chewing, like a well done steak, hard bread, or hard caramel, cause the muscles in the jaw to clamp down and restrict the air pathway. The question is can your jaw muscles relax after hard chewing. I think for most people that is the case. However, my sleep apnea condition became severe when I started working out with weights and I clenched my jaw as I strained to pump out those last reps. Hard chewing exacerbated that condition and prevented my jaw from being able to relax at night. Even one (1) millimeter of jaw restriction can make a difference in your sleep quality. Certainly, one (1) millimeter won’t cause you to go from great sleep to sleep apnea but it can cause you to start snoring if you combine that with drinking alcohol or any other combination of things that cause degraded sleep quality. It can also cause you to go from an existing snoring condition to sleep apnea. Ever since I solved my snoring and sleep apnea condition, I have been getting restful sleep because I stretch my jaw muscles and strengthen my throat muscles just before going to bed. As the muscles in my jaw have continued to relax, I have noticed less tension in the rest of my body. That is how I became more aware of the strain on my jaw muscles when I chewed hard food items. If you snore or have sleep apnea, I hope this bit of information helps you.

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How to raise you child’s success rate

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.04.27 AMA recent study has shown that adolescents who suffer from sleep apnea and other sleep disorders increase their risk of academic failure (http://www.healthcanal.com/disorders-conditions/sleep/55397-lack-of-sleep-increases-risk-of-failure-in-school.html). What parent doesn’t want their child to be more successful? If he or she is not getting proper sleep, their brain is also not getting the proper amount of oxygen to function normally and at a high level. No matter what your child is learning or doing to improve themselves for success, if the brain is not at its peak condition, it will not be as effective. Did you know that the study showed nearly 1 in 3 adolescents reporting regular sleep problems? That is a high probability of having a sleep issue.

Does your child wake up with headaches? pulse above 70? This post gives you simple indicators to know if your child has sleep issues (http://wp.me/p5950Y-1w).

 

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What if you could reduce your pain from Fibromyalgia and possibly eliminate it?

Do you have fibromyalgia? You may or may not know that this disorder and another one called sleep apnea are commonly linked together. This article talks about the association (http://chronicfatigue.about.com/od/whyfmscfsarelinked/a/sleepapneaFMS.htm). If you have both, then the sleep apnea can worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia. I have not had that painful condition but I have had severe sleep apnea, a painful ordeal in a different way. Both of them can lead to depression and loss of hope. If you have both conditions, don’t learn to live with them. Learn to eliminate one of them from your life and reduce your pain. Since they are linked, it may be possible to be freScreen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.09.56 AMe of fibromyalgia if you can solve your Sleep Apnea problem. Did you know that 90% of people with sleep apnea don’t even know it?

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) to see how I eliminated my debilitating condition and to see if you have this condition.

 

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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 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-michael-j-breus/testosterone-sleep-sexual-health_b_981121.html). 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.

 

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Weight … You don’t have to lose weight AND You can have great sleep?

I have read a lot of information on sleep apnea and it is often associated with being overweight. However, weight is not the direct cause of sleep apnea. It is estimated that nearly 35% of US adults are obese and it is estimated that 20% of US adults have sleep apnea. Even if these statistics overlap, this suggests that millions of adults are obese and do not have sleep apnea. Now, I am an athletic person who has been skinny most of my life. In fact, when I was in high schoolScreen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.25.05 AM, I was embarrassed when all of my friends were growing taller and more muscular and I was stuck at 5’5″ and on the skinny side. In my 2 years of research and eliminating sleep apnea, I have found that good posture is a key contributor to the quality of sleep. If being overweight degrades your posture then yes, it is indirectly related to sleep apnea. If you are overweight and have sleep apnea, please contact me. I would be interested in hearing your story and seeing if my method of overcoming sleep apnea can also help you.

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CDC Epidemic Surprise … not Ebola … but Insufficient Sleep

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been in the news lately with the first US Ebola case. So, I saw this article and wanted to fill you in. The CDC has declared that “Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Epidemic” (http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/). In a March 4, 2011 newsletter, they stated that 48% of their population sample snored and 4.7% nodded off or fell asleep while driving. This is a serious matter because I believe that most people do NOT want to sleep and drive but sometimes, they don’t know how to fix it.

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) for solutions to sleep apnea and snoring.

Why Sleeping Pills may NOT cure Insomnia

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.45.22 AMGuess what? It turns out that taking sleeping pills may not be the cure you are looking for. An article was just published today that discusses new research linking insomnia and sleep apnea. From a group of insomnia patients, “91 percent of those who completed a sleep study suffered from previously undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea” (http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/life/2014/10/05/new-research-links-insomnia-sleep-apnea/16645087/). Sleeping pills have a lot of side effects including addiction, dizziness, uncontrollable shaking, and impairment (http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/understanding-the-side-effects-of-sleeping-pills). So, you may want to figure out if you have Sleep Apnea as soon as possible. I wrote a post about simple sleep apnea indicators (http://wp.me/p5950Y-1w) not too long ago. Check it out to see if you may have this condition.

 

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Poor Sleep = Higher suicide risk

I just read an article on a subject that needs more attention … that is how poor sleep can affect your psyche. The study, performed by the Stanford Mood Disorders Center, as described in the article, shows that “individuals who do not sleep well are at increased risk for death by suicide, irrespective of mood” (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831522). I can attest to the fact that severe sleep apnea caused me to not think clearly, have road rage (which shocked me), and feel severely depressScreen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.02.42 AMed. So, I can understand how over a long period of time, someone could lose hope depending on the severity of the sleep apnea condition. This also coincides with another post discussing a study that linked sleep apnea with brain damage (http://wp.me/p5950Y-2n). This is why it is so important for people to overcome their sleep apnea as soon as possible.

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) for solutions to Sleep Apnea and Snoring.

 

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Shhh … there is a secret nobody wants to talk about … Sleep Apnea damages your brain

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.04.26 AMAn article that I read today discussed research about sleep apnea and brain damage. In the article, the lead researcher says, “We know there is injury to the brain from sleep apnea and we also know that the heart has problems pumping blood to the body, and potentially also to the brain.” (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282413.php). This is why it is so important for people to do everything they can to overcome their sleep apnea condition and do it as soon as possible. I think people want to be healed but they don’t know how to accomplish that. I didn’t either until I discovered a cure for myself after 2 years of research.

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) for solutions to Snoring and Sleep Apnea.

 

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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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Describing Sleep Apnea to a Non-Sufferer

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.52.02 AMI am not sure if people can relate to sleep apnea if they have never had it. I think in their minds they associate their worst night of sleep, maybe when the baby kept them up through the night, with this condition. However, that doesn’t even come close to reality, for those of us who have had it severely. Before you get upset, let me explain. Severe sleep apnea is like drowning hundreds of times a night. Your body is fighting to stay alive because it thinks you are being tortured, literally. Your oxygen supply is being cutoff every 10 seconds. I think waterboarding is the most accurate description of severe sleep apnea. When you wake up, you cannot think straight, your heart rate is severely elevated, your blood pressure can be 160/120 and above. Your oxygenation has gone down to severely low levels and is trying to recover. I think the hardest part is knowing that even if you try and take a nap, there is no respite. This horrible feeling will happen day after day after day. It is a condition that can cause depression and cause people to lose hope. At least with a baby, they eventually grow up, and when you do get naps, it rejuvenates you.

If you agree that severe sleep apnea is like waterboarding, Time Magazine wrote an article on waterboarding and in it, they say, “psychologically this can result in significant long-term post traumatic stress, and produce anxiety and depression” (http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1892721,00.html).

 

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Ethnicity: The cause of Sleep Apnea?

I recently read an article and it touched on new research associating sleep apnea with ethnicity (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/health/how-well-you-sleep-may-hinge-on-race.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1412310206-gjOJmk2HuIYpTaKEoa2++w). To me, this is absolute nonsense. I wouldn’t want anyone telling me that I have a less chance of success in life because of my ethnicity. What are your thoughts on this subject?

Does your partner snore?

What do you think about the results of these polls?

Does Sleep Apnea affect your love life?

 

I wanted to know if people think sleep apnea affects their love life. My answer is yes. When I had sleep apnea, it was much more difficult for me to be relaxed. I could always feel the adrenaline running throughout my body. I attribute that to sleep apnea. As soon as I started getting better sleep, my senses came alive. I was able to smell scents wafting through the air whereas before, I didn’t notice any scents at all. Colors seemed much more vibrant. I woke up happier than previously. I was able to catch the subtext of conversations whereas before, those cues would pass over my head. It was much easier to joke and be laid back with people. Back in 2010, I didn’t even know I had sleep apnea but I realized that I needed to figure out ways to counteract the adrenaline in my system. So, I discovered many other methods to relax my nervous system besides getting good sleep. In other words, how to negate some of the effects of sleep apnea. That journey helped me to meet my fiance in early 2013.

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Oral Fixation and Sleep Apnea

After I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, I started trying various oral devices. The first one was used for exercising the “smiling” muscles. I tried it for a couple of weeks and I didn’t see a lot of improvement. In the literature, it states that results may not occur for several months. Several months? I couldn’t wait that long. The second device worked by keeping the tongue forward using suction. I couldn’t get any sleep with that one and I looked like a big baby with a pacifier. So, I returned it. The third device did some good. It worked by keeping the lower jaw forward while I slept. However, I found that bacteria accumulated even when I cleaned it and it smelled and looked horrible. I eventually got rid of that one too.

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) and find out how I eliminated sleep apnea with using oral devices.

CPAP Fail

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 9.38.39 AMWhen I was first diagnosed with sleep apnea, I was prescribed a CPAP machine. This is a device that consists of an air compressor, a mask, and some tubing. After a few days of not sleeping due to the noise and discomfort, I put it in the closet and found out that many other people do the same thing. Even if you can use this device and get uninterrupted sleep, you have to take it with you when you go on vacation. I guess that I am a bit lazy and always believe that there is a better way to do things. That is why I started researching ways to overcome sleep apnea without using a CPAP. After two years of research and trying out countless theories and devices, I finally figured it out.

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) for eliminating Snoring and Sleep Apnea without a CPAP.

 

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Little known ways to Know … if you have Sleep Apnea

As I went through my sleep apnea ordeal, I noticed a few things that indicated whether or not I had slept well. The obvious one is being tired. However, the not so obvious ones may give you insight into a possible sleep apnea condition, however mild or severe.

When I don’t get good sleep, I immediately am able to get up out of bed wide awake. I don’t yawn or stretch in bed. My hands are very weak. I have a headache. Sometimes, I have an upset stomach. My oxygenation is below 98%. My pulse is in the 70s or 80s. By the way, I found that my pulse was a great indicator of how well I slept. If my pulse was in the 50s or 60s, my sleep was pretty good. If my pulse was in the 70s, I would be tired but it didn’t affect my ability to be productive. If my pulse was in the 80s, I would struggle to be productive and relaxed and if there were any minor agitations at work, confrontation with others was inevitable. Either way, it was not a good day. If I kept my mouth shut when something agitated me, I lost a bit of confidence and if I did say something in the heat of the moment, I usually put my foot in my mouth, so to speak.

My theory is Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.14.14 AMthat yawning and stretching in bed when you wake up is the body’s way of maintaining the muscle tone in the neck and throat area that prevent sleep apnea and snoring. So, if you stop doing this, you will eventually drop into a catch-22 cycle that is difficult to get out of and sleep apnea is the result.

Read my free eBook (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d) to find out how I eliminated sleep apnea with a quick one (1) minute treatment.

 

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Welcome

Hello. This is the first post of my new blog, thesumidaway.com. I was diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea a couple of years ago and have recently figured out a way to get great sleep. I feel so much better now. I am happier and less anxious than before. I have written an eBook that describes my situation in more detail. Please go ahead and download it (http://wp.me/P5950Y-d). It is free of charge because I want everyone to be healed of this affliction.

Best Regards,

Jon Sumida