Regular exercise helps us overcome many things that contribute to sleep apnea like hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Many times in life, some things are out of our control, but exercise is something that it's up to us. Whether you're outside or at a gym, getting physically active is crucial to prevent and help patients with sleep apnea.
According to SomnoMed North America, one in five people have obstructive sleep apnea. Thankfully, there's a solution for this condition.
The more we're energized and the more we can help ourselves, whether outside or in, the better we can help control a huge problem that's happening in life today, and that's obstructive sleep apnea.
Think about your energy levels and all the nights that you don't get either a tremendous amount of sleep or a good quality sleep. How do you feel in the morning? Do you want to get up and go to the gym and work out? Or do you feel fatigued during the day?
According to Dr. David Rice, Founder of Ignite DDS, "The relationship between low quality sleep with obstructive sleep apnea and your energy levels it's a direct correlation." This also includes exercise since it generates a well-being sense.
Dr. Rice assures that when you get a great night of sleep, you're going to have great energy in the morning to have a productive and high-energy day. He adds, "You're just going to feel better about getting things accomplished, getting fit, and staying healthy."
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If you or your spouse feel sleepy and don't have the energy and excitement to play with your kids, reach your health professional and share your concern with them. Remember: the lack of exercise and good nutrition contribute to obstructive sleep apnea.
Exercises for Sleep Apnea
Here are some exercises recommended by Dr. Adam Fields to help people with sleep apnea:
-Start with doing a massage with circular motions vigorously using two fingers right next to your nostrils. With this exercise, you're going to be working three different areas: the nose, the throat, and the tongue.
-Now, take the knuckles right next to the nose and push hard. If you don't feel pain, move it out a little bit. Here are some recommendations from Dr. Fields while doing this: relax your shoulders, make sure that your chest is up, and breathe through your nose.
"Breathing through your nose secretes nitric oxide in your lungs and helps them expand. Nasal breathing is so important," adds the expert.
-Try breathing through one nostril. With one of your hands, close the other nostril and then breathe in. Make sure to feel your ribs expand on this. It might be difficult to breathe through just one nostril, but go ahead and give it a shot. If you feel dizzy, it's okay to stop. Then, switch to the other side.
-It's time to do some occipital lifts. Take the knuckle right under your ear and lift that skull. Then bring the opposite side down. When you're done, lift the other side.
As you can see, doing regular exercises for this condition and physical activity it's crucial to help you deal with sleep apnea. According to Dr. Fields, these movements "Open the nostrils with cranial adjusting, decreases throat tightness, mobilizes ribs for greater chest expansion & optimizes neurological function to the diaphragm."