Living With and Managing Sleep Apnea
JIM: I had this problem throughout my life. Driving was always a problem, and I tried to make sure that no place I ever had to go was very far away because I knew I'd fall asleep. Carol Lynn was complaining about snoring and, more specifically, snoring and then long periods of nothing,
and then a gasp when I would, you know, start breathing again. Obviously, I wanted to enjoy my life with my children more than I felt that I was enjoying it. It's Saturday morning, and the kids are at your bed ready to do something, and I'm just like, quot;I gotta sleep, guys. I'm sorry. I can't play with you. I can't do this.quot; And I look back and I'm like, quot;This just can't be right.quot;
I had been talking to my about possibly having depression symptoms. I remember the other thing that I said to the when I went was that I no longer had any dreams. If you're not getting into REM sleep, you have no dreams. And so she's the one who then said, quot;Okay, we're gonna send you for a sleep study.quot; I spent the night there.
The amount of times that I was technically waking, and as low as my blood oxygen levels were, it was extreme. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery, as it turned out, really wasn't a good option for me. The next step was that my did prescribe a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
The idea is they have to get the air pressure to your nose or your mouth or both in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. Because it wasn't comfortable for me to use, I was not using it as well as I should have been, in some cases not at all for weeks at a time. And things got worse, other symptoms appeared. I felt confused and out of it and just not right.
And I realized that I really needed to figure out a way to learn to live with this contraption. Now I'm at the point where I am consistently using it and have been for a long period of time. I definitely feel better. I'm looking forward to feeling better yet. Certainly, I have more energy to do activities with the children than I did before, and we do more.
Natural Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Hey, guys. Axe, here, of naturalmedicine and founder of DrAxe . In this tutorial, I'm going to go through a sevenstepprocess on how to overcome sleep apnea. If you struggle with sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia,just trouble sleeping at night, these tips are going to help you big time. The number one thing you've got to start doingif you want to overcome sleep apnea is look at your diet. Now, sometimes sleep apnea canbe related to weight gain. It can be related to inflammation in different areas of yourbody. But if you can follow these dietary tips, it's going to help tremendously.
The first thing you want to do is you reallywant to focus on supporting your metabolism. You want to focus on getting three thingsevery single meal: good quality protein, healthy fat, and fiber, those three things. Most peoplewith sleep apnea, most people tend to consume too many carbohydrates and too much sugar,which can actually affect your insulin levels and your metabolism, which causes sleep apnea.So again, healthy protein, such as bone broth protein, organic chicken and turkey, wildcaughtfish, grassfed beef, getting good quality protein is important. Number two, fiber, getting more vegetablesand fruits in your diet and wholesprouted
grains, such as brown rice, that's where youwant to get your fiber. The healthy fats, things like coconut oil, olive oil, organicnuts and seeds, those are some ways to get some good healthy fat in your diet. So again,focus on a healthy diet, a diet that's antiinflammatory and that helps balance out insulin levelsis going to be big when it comes to beating sleep apnea. Number two, there are certain things you wantto avoid. If you have sleep apnea, you want to avoid intake of alcohol, caffeine, smoking,and also you need to be aware of sedatives. If you're taking sedatives on a regular basis,that can really cause sleep apnea. Stay away
from those things. If you're saying to yourself,quot;Well, I'm still going to do caffeine and alcohol,quot; then what I would do is not do coffee.I would just do a little bit of tea, like a green tea during the day. So again, just tone it down some. The otherthing I would do is, if you're drinking alcohol, limit it to one glass. When you start doingmore than one glass, more than one beer, more than one glass of alcohol, that's really goingto affect your sleep cycle. And no more than two days a week. Again, bring the alcoholdown, because that will absolutely cause sleep apnea.
The number three tip is to treat acid reflux.Many people with sleep apnea have heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux, or some type of digestiveissue that's causing their sleep apnea. Now, the way to overcome that is to follow thesedietary tips. You want to eat smaller meals, so you don't want to overeat, and get moreorganic meat, vegetables, and fruits. You've got to be careful overconsuming thegrains, the pastas, the breads, the chips. All of those things will really cause acidreflux and sleep apnea. Also, supplementing with digestive enzymes, probiotics, and applecider vinegar. So probiotics, enzymes, and apple cider vinegar, all of those can helpin the natural treatment of acid reflux and
reduce sleep apnea. The number four thing you want to considerdoing to beat sleep apnea is getting a humidifier in your bedroom. Oftentimes, it's the humidityor being too dry in the bedroom that actually causes sleep apnea. So look into getting ahumidifier and sometimes an air purifier. So a humidifier, an air purifier, those thingscan actually help support your body and you breathing better and overcoming sleep apnea. Number five is your sleeping position. Manypeople with sleep apnea sleep on their back. Some of them sleep on their stomach. You wantto sleep on your side. What you want to do
How Acupuncture and Chiropractic Can Work Together
Hello, my name is Troy Giles. I am a of Chiropractic and Natural Internist. Today I wanted to talk to you a little bit aboutacupuncture. That sounds like a different topic for a chiropractor to be discussing.Under our licensure, we are able to do acupuncture. We are not acupuncturists. In order to bean acupuncturist you have to go to four years of schooling in order to do that. As a of chiropractic we can take courses and become certified, of which I have just recently receivedmy certification. Chiropractic and acupuncture are amazing how they can go together. Normallychiropractic is a adjusting vertebrae, adjusting the spinal canal, if you will, and allowingenergy to pass through the spinal cord. I
have showed this in previous tutorials, but letsshow it again here for a minute. What I want to do is show you this one. Sorry. Wrong one.Now that I have my glasses on I can see better. Okay. So the spinal cord runs down the insidethe spine and off of the spine runs nerve roots, or little areas where the nerves exitand go around to the vertebrae. So you will notice that each of the organs run to a vertebrae.So T6, for example, or T5, runs to the stomach. T2 runs to the heart and the lung. So if youthink about it, chiropractic is allowing or moving vertebrae so that the spinal cord andthe nerve roots are able to go out and go to the different organs, so that we are givingnuerologic impulse to each organ. The idea
that I find, or feel, that acupuncture isable to work with, is allowing the circuits of the energy to pass even further to theorgans more effectively. There are 12 main meridians of the body and each meridian runsto an organ. There is a liver meridian, the large intestine, the lung, and every two hours,a new meridian turns on. For example, the lung turns on from three o'clock in the morning,until five o'clock. Then at five o'clock it switches over to the large intestine and soforth throughout twelve main meridians of the body. So I have been explaining this tomy patients like this. Let's look at the door here. Looking down the end of the hallway I don't know if it is backlit or not but
there is a lamp. That would represent thebrain. The hallway coming down here would represent the spinal cord and the nerve rootsare each room coming down this hallway, which would represent the organs. Inside a roomthere are circuits. So there is a circuit right down here that is going to run all theway around the floor. So where there is not appropriate flow of motion, flow of energy,we call that an acupuncture chi. Chi is called that in many different oriental fields. Wehave lots of energy. So I am going to shut the light out. Normally this is how the lightshould function, but when there is less electrical flow, because it is not passing through themeridian correctly, then you get loss of energy
flow. So what we want to do it turn it backon. That is the kind of idea that we are using with chiropractic as well. Making sure thatthe vertebrae are opened, that they are moving well, that there is not pressure, or misalignment,causing inflammation of the nerve roots, that go out into the organs. Now bringing the ideaof acupuncture, we can stimulate certain acupuncture points to tonify or sedate the flow of energythrough those twelve main meridians and other meridians as well, but there are 12 main ideas,main flow areas. So we can tonify, or sedate. Sometimes a meridian will be too much energy,so we would sedate that meridian. If it is too low we will tonify it. There are otherpoints that will connect one meridian to the
other so it is able to flow more smoothlythrough that channel. People are usually somewhat afraid of needles, but they really don't haveto be. We call this a blister pack. This is a blister pack of needles. So there are tenneedles in this particular one. When I am working with a patient, I will hold thesein my fingers. I am just kind of showing you how this works. Then I take one tube, of courseI have cleaned the patient off, and so forth. One little needle will fit into this guidetube and then literally pull back this little bit, and I can show you. That just tips inand you just tap the end of it and now I can insert as deep as I want to. So that wouldbe a specific point. Now as you look at it,