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 Posted 8/14/2013 5:56:42 AM
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Hey all,

Has anyone had any success in dealing with sleep apnea?

My wife has long noticed me struggling for breath throughout the night, and this has really ramped up in the last couple of weeks and I'm now having panic moments as I'm falling asleep where I can't breathe lying down and need to sit up to catch my breath.

I've also have silent reflux (diagnosed by two ENTs) that I'm currently trying to deal with, and I've read that there's a relationship between the two.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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 Posted 8/14/2013 6:01:14 AM
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Some people find that losing at least 10% of their body weight helps with both conditions.  This is not an option if you are underweight.

Sleeping on one's side is preferable to sleeping on the back.  Your physician can schedule a sleep study to determine the severity of the condition.  Cpap is one solution but there is also a device that can be worn in the mouth that works for many people with obstructive sleep apnea.  It prevents the jaw from sliding backward to interfere with breathing.


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 Posted 8/15/2013 4:27:21 PM
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Have  you tried any sleep aids like L-tryptophan, ashwagandha, and/or NightRest by Source Natural? 
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 Posted 8/15/2013 4:28:46 PM
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Are they supposed to specifically help with sleep apnea, or just sleep in general?

Thanks!
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 Posted 8/15/2013 6:44:56 PM
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Butterbur may help to keep your nasal passages open.
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 Posted 8/16/2013 4:18:00 AM
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I went through all this. Agree with all what DDye writes in her post. I am not overweight and yet have symptoms. I bring that dental device which worked well reducing (after sleep clinic clinical test) my sleep apnea by 70%. Device was about 500$ from a professional, half of which reimbursed by the heath insurance as prescribed. I had bad experience with similar systems much cheaper on the web (e.g. PureSleep, but have nothing against them, simply did not work for me). Loose weigh if appropriate, or do not take it back, and take the condition seriously. CPAP would be needed if sleep apnea index (related to the number of events and severity) is high.


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 Posted 8/20/2013 12:53:16 PM
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I've had apnea for more than 10 years, though I'm not overweight. Mine is mostly nasal: narrow passages and congestion. I was always slightly congested all the time. LEF's Bifido GI Balance helped me a lot with daily congestion that seems to have no apparent reason. I still get congestion from mild seasonal allergies and have been thinking to try LEF's Immune Modulator with Tinofend to help with that.

I think hormone replacement has helped me, too. My apnea is so much better these days that I've considered retesting to see if I still have it. Or even stop using my CPAP. However, I'm used to the machine and like breathing filtered air at night, so I might just stick with it. With old age I'll probably need it again later anyway. Still, it's nice not to be so dependent on it.

If you find something that helps, please report back so others can learn from your experiences.
Good luck,
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Zork, interesting. Thank you. Maybe I ask how you get suspecting sleep apnea? In my case I was sweating very much during the night. I was suspecting something hormonal but my GP immediately sent me for a sleep analysis which confirmed (mild) SA. With the dental device I use as per my previous post I could almost entirely solve the problem.
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Fatigue and loud snoring (waking my spouse) were clues to apnea. My spouse now snorts at night, but mostly on high allergy days, so that suggests it's more of allergic thing than structural issues in mouth or nose.

I've never heard of sweating as an apnea symptom. I would have thought hormones, too.

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 Posted 9/4/2013 8:27:46 PM
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CPAP is great you don't snore and with a good sleep you have more energy get it it is worth every penny.

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