Did You Know You Can Cure Your Sleep Apnea Without CPAP?
Often it’s due to the hormonal changes of the menopause and those dreadful night sweats.
Sometimes, though, it’s not just getting to sleep, or staying asleep that’s the issue, but something far more serious.
My cousin suffers from sleep apnea and has to use a CPAP machine.
CPAP is an abbreviation for Constant Positive Airway Pressure, and the machine is a device that assists breathing.
It’s worn because when a person suffers from sleep apnea, their airways close up when they fall asleep and they stop breathing. The brain registers this and wakes the person up sufficiently for them to start breathing again.
Unfortunately, that means the person doesn’t get sufficient quality sleep and may not realise it, but they do suffer from chronic fatigue during the day.
Apnea doesn’t kill you, although it could if you suddenly fell asleep whilst driving or operating machinery, but over time it creates many health problems, such as diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney failure, liver damage and strokes.
There are many reasons for poor sleep and one of the best books I’ve read about it is by
Matthew Walker. Actually, I listened to it on audible first and I must admit it was a bit
The author, who is a top sleep scientist argues sleep is actually more important to health than diet and exercise, and he certainly gives lots of examples and reasons to
prove his point.
It was a real eye-opener and made me realise how important sleep is.
I don’t want to run the risk of potentially developing serious health issues, or fall asleep at inappropriate times if I can help it and this book offered lots of advice on what to do to
prevent that happening.
Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams