Help to treat sleep apnea if I can't afford to pay
(Rock Spring, GA, USA)
I am a 36 yr. old male and have been suffering from sleep apnea.
I also have been out of work for a year and a half so there is no way possible to afford the visit to the sleep study specialist or the CPAP machine.
Is there anything I can do in the meantime to help with my symptoms?
I feel tired all day and my coordination is not what it should be. I find I am grumpy a lot of the time and usually it is displayed to my family.
I need some help!
Ben, I understand you need help for sleep apnea, I will try my best to help you, but I need more information about your problem.
Please answer to these questions:
- How do you know you have sleep apnea? There are other sleep disorders which have almost the same side effects as sleep apnea. To name a few other sleep disorders: narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome.
- What are your causes of sleep apnea
- Please give me the answer from the epworth sleepiness scale. (for each situation you need to write a number that will demonstrate the level of your sleepiness during daytime. For more details click the link provided).
- Complete the sleep apnea questionnaire and remember to write the same name (Ben) to recognize you when I will receive the information.
I received your submission from sleep apnea questionnaire
, and I see that is very probable you have obstructive sleep apnea.
Your collar size is greater than 17 inches, and this is one of the main causes for obstructive apnea in men.
You also snore very loud and irregular, which proves that your airways have difficulties to remain open during sleep.
Your main objective
will be to lose weight
. Burn more calories than you eat, and try to eat raw food, especially vegetables.
When you have sleep apnea, it's difficult to do physical exercises, because you are very tired. So, you need a good sleep before doing anything else.
I hope that positional therapy
can help you to sleep better. You can test this therapy by sleeping with a small rucksack on your back. You need to sleep on the side rather than on your back. To learn more about positional therapy click here.
However, if you see that the next day you feel refreshed and rested, don't forget your main goal: to lose weight.
Try some easy running (30 minutes 3 times per week) and yoga for weight loss and yoga breathing exercises for sleep apnea Bottom line
... Starting today:
- eat raw food (it's not tasty but it will help you to lose weight - avoid meat).
- tonight try to sleep on your side. Your bed partner should watch your sleep (just tonight) to see if you stop snoring or if you're snoring less than usual.
- practice tongue exercises for sleep apnea.
- practice also oropharyngeal exercises.
- easy running for 3 miles or 30 minutes, 3 times per week.
- practice yoga for weight loss and yoga breathing exercises for sleep apnea
- in the end, you definitely need to a sleep study. You need to monitor you sleep apnea.
Remember, weight loss is your main goal, if you can't afford a CPAP machine.
Don't miss the sleep apnea weight loss plan
I hope it helps, and please send some feedback of your progress or if you encounter any other problems.
Good luck, Ben!
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide