New study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University and published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reveals some devastating facts about sleep apnea.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or snore loudly (a clear sign of sleep apnea), you absolutely must know about this.
Because if you take the right action, you CAN avoid sudden death!
Researchers recruited 31 overweight, sleep apnea sufferers who were already used to sleeping with continuous positive airway pressure (or CPAP).
Their objective was to learn two things:
1) What exactly happens to your body when you have sleep apnea onsets?
2) Are these effects caused by the sleep apnea or from being overweight? Although most people suffering sleep apnea are overweight, so are those with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other conditions often linked to sleep apnea.
So they had each of their subjects spend two nights in a sleep lab. One night they slept with their CPAP and one without it.
While they slept, the researchers drew and analyzed their blood every 20 minutes, testing it for free fatty acids, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose, insulin, cortisol, C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker) and L-lactate (a test of metabolism).
In addition, they tested their blood pressure, blood vessel function, glucose production, and glucose tolerance.
Comparing the nights with and without the CPAP, researchers learned that withdrawal of the CPAP immediately led to a resumption in the sleep apnea. And that immediately caused an increase in free fatty acids, glucose, cortisol, and systolic blood pressure.
Imagine, just one night with the onset of sleep apnea triggered pretty much all markers of bad health.
And since their subjects were all overweight, we can safely assume it was the sleep apnea, not their weight, that caused those markers to rise on the nights CPAP wasn’t present.
Now, although the CPAP was obviously very helpful, there is one major problem with these results.
That is, most people hate using CPAP. Over 80% of those with sleep apnea either stop using it altogether or throw it off most nights – making it close to useless.
Fortunately there is another way. One that’s even more effective than CPAP. It’s a simple set of throat, tongue and jaw exercises that open up your breathing passage and stop sleep apnea and snoring – often on the very first night.