Let me be crystal clear on something. When I say sleep apnea cure, I DO NOT mean magic pills, potions, or gadgets.
Rather, the dictionary says a cure “relieves the symptoms of a condition.” One of the major symptoms of sleep apnea is blockage in the throat that restricts breathing.
So could one possible sleep apnea cure be as simple as taking a daily walk?
Results from a small study certainly point in this promising direction.
The researchers were looking into a possible sleep apnea cause. They write: "Our study has given rise to several novel findings that provide insights into the pathogenesis of OSA [development of obstructive sleep apnea], and suggest new approaches to [sleep apnea] prevention and therapy."
The study (published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Volume 179, 2009) examined 23, non-obese healthy men who were suspected of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
This is interesting because as I mentioned in my article, 23 Dangerous or Unhealthy Sleep Apnea Symptoms, obesity is a major risk factor for sleep apnea. However, estimates are that anywhere from 30 to 40% of those with obstructive apnea are thin or not obese.
So what could be a possible sleep apnea cause in these non-obese men?
Prolonged periods of sitting during the day.
Researchers said, "An important implication of our observations is that sedentary living may predispose to OSA not only by promoting obesity, but also by causing dependent fluid accumulation in the legs, which can shift...into the neck overnight."
This increases neck circumference and creates the pressure and
blockage in the throat that is responsible for episodes of no breathing
(apneas) and hypopneas (shallow or reduced breathing). By the way, the
apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) measures the severity of sleep apnea by
numbers of these apneas and hypopneas.
Humans evolved to walk on two legs and gravity leads to fluids pooling up in the legs. Fortunately, physical activity helps to relieve the pressure of these fluids.
The problem is, in modern society, where people sit for long periods of time in a cubicle at work...at home watching TV...or driving a truck or taxi...this fluid pressure is not relieved.
Researchers also found that the longer someone sat during the day, the more severe sleep apnea was at night.
...an active lifestyle may be difficult to get started on because a patient diagnosed with sleep apnea is often always tired.
That's why getting help from a sleep disorder specialist is so essential. He or she can help treat your symptoms of sleep apnea and get them under control. Perhaps first using cpap for sleep apnea. This will help you breathe better, reduce nighttime awakenings, and sleep better so you have more energy during the day for exercise.
And talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. You need to know what kind of condition you're in before you start.
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