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.
How To Stop Snoring Fast
Hey, guys, Axe here, of NaturalMedicine and Founder of DrAxe . In this tutorial, I'm going to teach you how to stopsnoring fast. For many people, snoring is an issue that can also cause insomnia foryourself and insomnia for a loved one. I know my grandfather growing up really, really struggledwith this and other family members that I've had. Again, these things are allnatural waysand allnatural remedies to help you stop snoring fast and in a natural manner. The number one thing you can do to stop snoringfast is to start sleeping on your side. Become a side sleeper. For a lot of people, theymay say, quot;I've tried it before and I just
can't seem to sleep on my side. I like sleepingon my back, or I end up there at night.quot; Here's what you need to do to sleep on your side.Number one, realize it's going to take a little bit of time. I know that I slept on my stomach for yearsuntil I started having neck and back pain from it. Then, I started sleeping on my side.The first two weeks, I had a really hard time sleeping. I stuck with it and eventually itbecame easy. The other thing I did is I got a body pillow. I got a body pillow that Iwould hug between my knees and my arms. That really kept me from moving and rolling. Again,start sleeping on your side and get a body
pillow in order to do that. Give your bodytime. Again, side sleeping is probably the fastest way to help you stop snoring. Number two, use essential oils. Before bed,start diffusing some peppermint oil, lavender oil, chamomile oil, and eucalyptus oil. Thoseare the most effective oils. Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil work because theyopen the airways, making breathing easier. Chamomile and lavender oil work because theyhelp your body relax. They help your tissues relax and reduce inflammation naturally, whichhelps you sleep better, which can prevent snoring as well.
Again, eucalyptus and peppermint essentialoil as well as lavender and Roman chamomile essential oil are the best essential oilsto help you stop snoring fast. Again, you can just rub a little bit on your temples,on your neck area and upper chest. You can mix them with a little coconut oil and dothat. Or, you can just have a diffuser going by your bed the beginning of the night isa great way to do it as well. Those will help you stop snoring. Also, certain supplements can help with snoringsuch as fenugreek, goldenseal and vitamin C. You can do fenugreek tea throughout theday, which is also really good for hormones.
It's good for women for estrogenprogesteronebalance. It's good for men and testosterone and libido. Again, fenugreek is great forthat reason. It also helps breathing. Goldenseal helps support healthy red blood cell production,increasing your cardiovascular fitness. For that reason, it actually helps increase yourability to breathe. Vitamin C works in a very similar way, especially that combo of goldensealand vitamin C together. Those are very effective supplements to take. A few other supplementsthat can sometimes be effective include magnesium and acetylcysteine can also be beneficialin many cases as well. In terms of another thing you can do, manypeople that struggle with snoring, is if you're
snoring all the time, it can be caused bybeing overweight. Losing weight is an effective way to do this. Listen, you can lose weightreally, really fast following a healthy diet. Really, you don't need to count calories.What I'd recommend is get one of my books. Get my book, quot;Repair Your Digestive Healthquot;or my book, quot;Eat Dirtquot; or my quot;Bone Broth Breakthroughquot; book. Any of those books have diet plans thatare going to really help support weight loss in a healthy and natural manner. Again, losing weight and exercising 20 minutes,three days a week, that's it. Just getting out there and moving a little bit and changingyour diet to a healthy diet. Heck, even if
Essential Oils for Sleep
Hey guys, Axe here, of naturalmedicine, and founder of draxe . Today I want to talk to you about essential oilsfor sleep, and essential oils that can help you get a better night sleep, and even helpwith things like insomnia. If you're a person who really at night is looking to relax, andjust sleep deeply throughout the entire night, you're going to want to learn about thesespecific essential oils. So there are three main essential oils I'lltalk about, and then a few others that can help support the body in sleep. And thosethree oils are lavender essential oil, roman chamomile essential oil, and vetiver essentialoil.
Lavender oil is one of the most and popularessential oils. It's been used now for thousands upon thousands of years. It's referenced inEgyptian medicine, Chinese medicine. It's also referenced in the Bible, and Jewish medicine.So again, we know lavender oil contains certain types of compounds that actually help reallyrelax the body. So if you're looking to get a good night sleep, lavender essential oilis probably the number one essential oil that can really help your body start to relax andwind down at night. So I recommend lavender. Number two, probably my favorite essentialoil for helping the body relax is roman chamomile. Now roman chamomile works in a very interestingway to where it not only helps the brain relax,
but it also causes your digestive system torelax. There are studies done on women that during times of their menstrual cycle, itactually helps with abdominal cramping. Also studies have been done on patients withIBS syndrome. They found that it helped calm the digestive track, and reduce symptoms ofleaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease. So chamomile helps relax the brain, but alsoyour muscles and even your organs. So chamomile essential oil is absolutely incredible, probablymy number one essential oil that can help you sleep at night. Jumping back to lavender, there's some greatstudies on that as well. In fact it was shown
to be the number one essential oil for helpingpeople that were struggling with insomnia. So again, if you're having trouble sleepingat night, doing that combination of lavender, plus roman chamomile, plus my next oil, vetiveroil. Now vetiver oil of all oils works most directlyon the nervous system. If you're having issues with your brain constantly going and you can'tturn it off, vetiver oil really helps calm the nerve system. This is why vetiver oilis also very good for those struggling with neurological conditions, whether it's be dementia,also like ADHD and autism. It really helps again, calm the body and calm the nerves.So when you think of wanting to calm your
body down, if you're worked up at all, vetiveroil is one of the absolute best oils for that. So again, if you want to get a good nightsleep tonight, number one should be lavender oil, roman chamomile oil, and then vetiveroil. What I would do is take about two drops of lavender, two drops of chamomile, one dropof vetiver, and rub that on your neck, and on your forehead, and sometimes I even takejust a little drop, and rub it right below my nose, so I'm breathing in those vapors. Now another thing my wife Chelsea likesto do at night is we actually have a diffuser by our bed, so she diffuses a blend that goesfor about the first three hours of sleeping
of those essential oils. We've absolutelynoticed we sleep a lot deeper, we fall asleep faster by using these essential oils. So againyou can simply buy a diffuser on Amazon and have those oils diffusing even while you'resleeping at night. And then a few other essential oils that canhelp with sleep, one of my favorites is ylangylang. Ylangylang is a floral oil, and it's beenshown to be a natural aphrodisiac. It's been shown to help your body improve your mood,and it's also been shown to help your body in practicing forgiveness. So if you're aperson who, that's part of the reason you're not sleeping is you're struggling with somesort of emotion bound up inside of you, ylangylang