They assume that he had a heart attack in his sleep, but did he? There is a high probability that many thousands of people die in their sleep because they had Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA causes them to stop breathing many times during the night, and maybe one of those times they die.
Families and doctors assume heart attack, but it could easily be OSA. Losing your breath during sleep is very serious. Besides the danger of loss of breath during sleep, the risk of dying is a threat and the person is seriously deprived of restful sleep.
Lack of rest nightly is a health problem. It’s a medical problem that’s far more serious than most people believe.
One can be tired all the time and never suspect why. Lack of adequate respiratory ventilation is usually not a need for surgical intervention but can easily be diagnosed with a one-night stay in a hospital sleep lab.
If one wakes up tired all the time or wakes up at night with a start, diagnosis for sleep apnea is in order. It could actually save your life.
Here is another thing: Most men have BPH (benign prostate hypotrophy), causing urinary urgency several times at night. Urinary urgency is far more of a problem, causing up-and-down, broken sleep from going to the bathroom if one has sleep apnea.
Deep Sleep Holds Off Urinary Urgency
Making many trips to the bathroom at night is a tip-off of light sleep and the possible need for medical diagnosis for poor respiratory ventilation.
Poor respiratory ventilation and lack of sleep are widespread, especially in older men. This is far too easy to correct. You can’t afford to neglect it.
- Snoring, interrupted by pauses in breathing
- Gasping for breath or choking during sleep
- Restless sleep
- High blood pressure
- Obesity, especially metabolic syndrome with large waist circumference
- Sexual dysfunction
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Large neck size
- Morning headaches
- Poor concentration
- Memory loss
Complications can include nasal obstruction, causing decreased oxygen and increased carbon dioxide. Heart disease or stroke can add to risk factors causing or complicating sleep apnea.
- Laser surgery (nasal coblation)
- Oral appliances
- C-Pap machine
I like C-Pap machines. They force normal breathing and deep sleep. I needed one many years before I went through the sleep lab. Four to five hours of unbroken sleep is invaluable. How much better I feel!
Medicare pays for the sleep lab diagnosis for seniors. It also pays for the C-Pap machine for seniors who are diagnosed by the sleep lab as needing it.
Lemon Juice With Meals
Last week, I wrote about how important hydrochloric acid is to digestion (here) and how the pharmaceutical industry has engaged in a disinformation campaign in pushing the myth of over-acid stomachs.
I gave you natural remedies for maintaining proper digestion, but I neglected to mention how lemon juice with meals will eliminate the symptoms of stomach “acidity” and “indigestion.”
Squeeze a slice of lemon into your water and drop the slice into the glass. This will give your water a little kick, and it’ll improve your digestion. One slice will last through several refills.
Acid reflux or GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) is rarely due to “too much stomach acid.” Contrary to mass advertising, antacids are wrong and actually lead to stomach cancer.
Proton pump inhibitors like the “purple pill” block the digestive process, i.e., stomach hydrochloric acid and pepsin.