Sleep Apnea And Our Health

A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining a good state of health.  Our bodies need that uninterrupted six to eight hours of sleep to repair and reset.  While science is still deep in research trying to ascertain exactly what is happening internally while we’re sleeping, it is undeniable that interruption of sleep is a health hazard.  And, one of the primary causes of sleep interruption is sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects the way you breathe while you’re sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow while you’re sleeping.

These breathing pauses can last anywhere between 10-20 seconds, and they can occur hundreds of times per night – which interrupts your natural sleeping rhythms and consequently can contribute to a number of related symptoms and complications.

When your body is deprived of the deep restorative sleep cycle (known as REM sleep), it will affect your ability to be mentally sharp and productive throughout the day.

Not only that, but chronic sleep deprivation also results in daytime sleepiness, chronic fatigue, poor reflexes and concentration, and an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain!

Often times, sleep apnea is misdiagnosed, because there are few ways to objectively identify the condition other than a patient saying “I’m waking up all during the night,” or a spouse complaining that their partner is snoring loudly and disruptively through the night.

So in effect, sleep apnea can become a garden variety diagnosis that is used not only to sell medications, but to sell equipment called a CPAP machine – a face mask device designed to open up the airways during sleep.

However, there are ways to control the symptoms and restore deep sleep patterns – to basically enjoy a good night’s sleep and be refreshed the next day without having to sleep with a machine on your face!

Essentially this comes down to discovering the root causes of apnea. There are really 3 different types of sleep apnea …

The most common is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway (that’s what causes snoring).

A much less common form of sleep apnea is Central Sleep Apnea, which involves the Central Nervous System’s inability to signal the muscles that control breathing. Often times, people with Central Sleep Apnea don’t snore at all.

Finally, there’s complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of both Obstructive and Central sleep apnea.

To truly determine the root cause of any form of sleep apnea, it’s important to consider the underlying chronic issues that may be contributing to the problem.

Consistent monitoring of your body’s natural biological balance and chemistry is an integral part of any wellness regimen, as well as targeting the root causes of chronic symptoms such as sleep apnea.

As we have mentioned before, these tips can provide you with a short-term solution that can help you fall asleep but if you are suffering from insomnia there is likely something much deeper going on.  We have discovered a wonderful technique that can help to heal deeper rooted issues that may be causing your insomnia and once you have mastered it, you will be able to fall asleep in 15 minutes or less each and every night.

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Bronwyn Pollkehn

2 years ago

“However, there are ways to control the symptoms and restore deep sleep patterns – to basically enjoy a good night’s sleep and be refreshed the next day without having to sleep with a machine on your face!” So, what are these ways to control it? I would love to read more but dont know where to access this information


2 years ago

I’d like to know as well. There is very little info on this article on how to treat this condition.


2 years ago

you can listen to a sleep teleconfernce offered at top of this page


2 years ago

I’m one who has been diagnosed with OSA but hardly snore. Nice teaser article but we want more.


2 years ago

agree want more info. I did subscribe to the sleep recording at the top of this page which was very valuable.

Brady White

2 years ago

Obviously, this article was written by someone who has simply read about sleep apnea, but has no idea how to either diagnose, or treat it. Some good points were made regarding the types of sleep apnea (what was that 3rd one called?), and the effects on the body if left untreated. The author did fall into the common ditch of thinking that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is the restorative stage of sleep. REM is dream sleep. We call it REM, because during this stage there is enhanced brain activity; not the opposite. That resting, and restorative sleep stage is called N3, or deep sleep. Most people don’t spend a lot of time in this stage (even less as we age); or in REM, for that matter. Most of the time, we sleep in stage N2; just crusing along. Unless, for example, we suffer from sleep apnea; overwhelmingly more often than not, the obstructive kind. The definitive treatment for this condition, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), was dismissed in the article as something akin to being either “snake oil salesman-like”, or incompatible with good sleep. Nothing could be further from the truth! CPAP therapy does take some getting used to, and is a bit more cumbersome for travel than no either a pill of some sort; or no therapy at all. However, millions of people have continued to use it as the primary means of treating their easily diagnosed condition (with the proper expertise).
Nice try, Optimal Wellness Labs!


2 years ago

Brady White, I agree completely and thank you for your comments. I simply cannot sleep without my CPAP machine and as ugly as they are, it literally saved my life.


2 years ago

Unfortunately, this article falls under the catagory of good examples of today’s decline of the medical field and the medical industry!

Sleep Apnea, in all of it various forms, falls under the larger umbrella of the field of “Sleep Medicine”. Sleep Medicine used to be a very strict field of highly structured and well reported research along with various treatment options that was responsibly managed by researchers and practioners certified by several professional organizations. Dr. William Dement (of Stanford University), started the first sleep disorders clinic in 1970. The first professional group founded by Dr. Dement was established in 1976 named “The Association of Sleep Disorders Centers (ASDC)” which established certification standards for “sleep disorder clinics and research facilities”, and years later renamed the “American Academy of Sleep Medicine”. Dr. Dement was President for the first 12 years.

Along the way, the professional organization, the “American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM)” was formed to better establish certification standards and practices. It has traditionally been the de facto standard for professionals of all callings in the field of “sleep medicine”.

Commencing in 2007, several of the member boards of the “American Board of Medical Specialties” began administration of a sub-specialty certification examination for sleep medicine. While well intentioned, this would seem to have led to today’s field of almost anyone of almost any “medical related calling” obtaining 100 hours of classroom training in “sleep medicine” and successfully passing an examination to be certified as having Speciality in “Sleep Medicine”.

Please note that the American Board of Sleep Medicine continues to maintain and verify the records of the Diplomates of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, as it is a lifetime credential.

I was diagnosed over 25 years ago wilth multiple sleep disorders. I have Narcolepsy (with Cataplexy), Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and RLS/PLMD. I have been tested and treated by professionals of the ABSM at UCLA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Sleep Disorder Centers in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Hollywood, CA, as well as several different locations of Pacific Sleep Medicine including Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. I was also diagnosed and treated by the VA Medical system at hospital sleep centers in Loma Linda, CA and Oklahoma City. They have all been very professional and helpful over the years.

I have however, in the last few years, come in contact with a number of “so-called” specialists and technicians (supposedly board-certified) that couldn’t tell the difference between Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, or an in-grown toenail! I feel the credibility of the field is rapidly declining, and in some cases becoming actually dangerous, all for the business of putting a “speciality area” on one’s business cards and facebook page!

Brady White

2 years ago

I have heard Dr. Dement’s lecture on the evolution of sleep medicine, and he is amazing! Although I can appreciate your response regarding the current state of sleep medicine, there are good sleep doctors here in my part of North Carolina. So long as we are practicing within the guidelines, and under their direction, we are able to give patients a comprehensive sleep study, CPAP titration (if needed), and follow-up care. It is great to hear that you have received excllent care out there in California; at least in the past. Best of luck in the future.


2 years ago

Thanks, Brady. I realize there are still lots of good sleep doctors out there and I certainly did not intend to belittle their work. But there are a number of others that are very questionable in their methods and their treatments. I’ve recently witnessed “sleep clinic technical staff” making clinical diagnoses and recommendations to local “family” doctors that have minimal training in sleep medicine (a few hours of lecture at medical school), and making suggestions for treatment without knowing any real details about other existing medical conditions of the patient. In one recent case, a technician reported to the doctor to immediately have the patient discontinue the CPAP treatment that the patient had been using for a number of years. The doctor had only scheduled a re-study to determine if the CPAP pressure required readjusting. The technician took it upon themselves to make a diagnosis and treatment recommendation without request! Further, the test report was sent to a “certified professional” for reading who had no knowledge whatsoever of the patient or their condition. The patient involved was just recovering from a heart attack and neither the technician nor the reviewing “professional” had any direct access to the patients information.

This was the type of scenario that I was referring to, and we have all too many of these situations occuring today.

“Sleep Medicine” used to be a field comprised of professionals that dedicated their entire lives and practices to this one field and area of research! They typically were
Neurologists and Pulmonary Specialists. That is not true any longer!

Sleep medicine is not just Apnea! There are many other disorders represented, and good knowledge and experience is required in the field! That’s why traditionally doctors that really specialized in this field spent several years in a residency program in a good research hospital just to learn the basics of Sleep Medicine.

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