The traditional medical system has one solution for sleep apnea: CPAP (or continuous positive airway pressure).
The problem is that it’s uncomfortable, so the majority of people stop using it. Plus it’s just a treatment, not a cure.
But a new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open reveals a completely free, natural way to permanently cure sleep apnea (and improve your overall health).
Obesity is considered to be the strongest risk factor for sleep apnea, with almost all scientists agreeing on this.
But the question that has still not been well studied is the effect of weight loss on CPAP treatment. In other words, does weight loss treat sleep apnea sufficiently well to allow patients to ditch the dreaded CPAP treatment?
To find out, a research team led by the University of Granada recruited 89 men between ages 18 and 65 with moderate or severe sleep apnea. All of them had a body mass index score of 25 and above, meaning that they were all either overweight or obese. They were all receiving CPAP treatment.
The researchers divided them into two groups: one that received only their usual CPAP treatment, and the other that received their CPAP treatment in addition to an interdisciplinary weight loss and lifestyle intervention program.
This program continued for eight weeks and consisted of dietary change, aerobic exercise, a better sleep routine and hygiene, and the elimination of alcohol and tobacco.
They measured their subjects’ apnea-hypopnea index (their number of breathing pauses) before the study, after eight weeks, and again after six months to see whether the effects lasted.
They discovered that the weight loss intervention was very effective and enduring.
1. After eight weeks, the intervention group lost 21.2 breathing pauses per hour on the apnea-hypopnea index whereas the control group added 2.5.
2. After six months, the intervention group experienced 23.8 fewer breathing pauses per hour than the control group did, showing that the benefits did not just last, but continued to improve after the intervention program ended.
3. After eight weeks, 45% of the subjects in the intervention group no longer needed CPAP, a number that increased to 62% by the end of six months.
4. 15% of subjects in the intervention group were completely free of sleep apnea by the end of eight weeks, and 30% managed to cure it completely by the end of six months.
All this means that you can get rid of your sleep apnea and uncomfortable CPAP-laden sleep in less than one year by attending to the five healthy lifestyle changes described above.
But losing weight is easier said than done. The even easier way to heal sleep apnea is to train your breathing passages to stay open during the night using the simple 3-minute throat exercises explained here…