Wednesday, February 4, 2015

 
THE INCIDENTAL BENEFITS OF USING A CPAP TO SLEEP

The science on Sleep Apnea is in fact based on assumptions and not medical evidence. Other than being able to prove the people with Sleep Apnea stop breathing too many times during the night, the medical community has not proven much more.

THE SIDE BENEFITS:

It's romantic right? 

During this time of the year I sleep with a sheet, two blankets, and a bed spread - everything from my clothes, sheets, and towels in my house is 100% cotton. 

I sleep better in the winter because I breath better in the cold.  But also, I get to take the sheets and blankets and completely cover my head.  Remember, my air is being pumped in through the CPAP, so there is no lack of air under the sheets.

Another benefit I discovered while in the Andes.  That first morning people in my group asked why I was so refreshed, and they were so tired.  Well it takes a day or two to get use to sleeping on reduced oxygen - so you do not sleep well.

Well my CPAP pressure roams from 16-18.  This is high.  When I put on the mask I actually have to pop it a bit to make sure it is working.  The machine is 100% quiet, and I feel nothing when the forced air is being pushed in.  Friends who have tried it end up choking because they cannot handled the intensity of the forced air.

While forced air is not oxygen, that level of forced air does give you extra oxygen at 18,000 feet.

THE BAD SIDE AND LACK OF EVIDENCE

A lot of people complain the mask is uncomfortable.  I am not going to say it is always comfortable, but there has been mornings I forget I have it on and get out of bed thereby pulling the machine down to the floor.

It is addictive.  Depending on who you ask the source of Sleep Apnea ranges from neurological to blockage in the airway.  They really do not know.  My brother's doctor told him if he had the throat surgery his Sleep Apnea would be resolved.  Yea, it did nothing to resolve the Sleep Apnea.  I personally believe it is 100% neurological.  Basically the brain stops telling you to breath.

In the long run I think the CPAP weakens your pulmonary function.  Remember your lungs are getting use to an artificial source of pressure to keep them pumping.

In the end though, I would never give up my CPAP.  There are mornings I watch Morning Joe in bed with the CPAP running.   Beyond that I have a sister who died from years of untreated Sleep Apnea - her heart finally gave out.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What effect does sleep apnea have on the heart?

BobbyWC said...

http://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/sleep-apnea-and-heart-disease

Anonymous said...

You imply you were at 18,000 feet in Peru. To use your own words that is a lie. The highest point in Peru is just over 22,000 and no city or tourist site is anywhere near 18,000.
I'm looking forward to seeing the documents proving up that the US government had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attack.

BobbyWC said...

You are correct - I mistyped - it was 13000 feet. It was the day after I arrived in Cusco at 11,200 feet. Condor tours had a group of us heading up the mountains to several ruins, an Indian village where I drank purple corn beer, a reserve where they rehabilitate condors, and then a hotel just minutes away where I spent the night before catching the train to Aguas Caliente - the base city for Machu Picchu. It was when we were walking up a mountain trail at over 13,000 feet that we stopped because I could not breath and the guide ran and picked some wild Andian Yerba Buena for me to inhale and then digest.

You might want to read this on what the government knew about 0/11

The people I know fear criminal prosecution because during debriefing they were warned.

There is also the issue of losing retirement, but one retirement kicks in I am certain the evidence concerning not putting up the planes will come out.

http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/11/13809524-evidence-piles-up-that-bush-administration-got-many-pre-911-warnings