I don't need the CPAP anymore
Hi, just want to let you all know I was able to go from a diagnosis of moderate sleep apnea (26 incidents/hour) 2 years ago to mild (9 incidents) currently. My doctor says that doesn't require using a CPAP as long as I'm able to sleep on my side most of the time, which I'm able to do.
I'm a 58 year old female who weighed 156lbs when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. What I did in the past 2 years:
1. Lost about 12 lbs - that was probably the thing that helped the most
2. Went from brisk walking to barefoot running
3. Play the didgeridoo - not sure how much this helps as I'm not sure I play it enough but it might help a little
4. Tried Buteyko breathing - I progressed with this somewhat but not sure if it was enough. However, I now focus on only breathing through my nose even when doing vigorous exercise and was taping my mouth shut when I used the CPAP.
Hope this gives some of you hope. I know losing weight is difficult but I think it really helped, even though I wasn't significantly overweight.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.
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