A recent research in Singapore by Jurong Health Services in 2016 found that 1 in 3 Singaporeans have sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah). If you are always tired or find yourself dozing off in the day no matter the amount of hours you sleep, you may have a sleeping disorder that requires treatment. Basically, during sleep your body is deprived of oxygen or O2. OXYGEN we all know is vital for life and progressive lack of oxygen during sleep with eventurally lead to TND or Transneural Degeneration. TND is a general term to describe brain degeneration and can lead to many forms of neurodegerative diseases such as Alzhiemer’s and Parkinson’s.
How do you know if you are one of the three with sleep apnea?
If you answer mostly yes to the following questions, there is a chance you have apnea.
Wake up still tired
Feel the need to nap
Restless sleep or insomnia.
Reduced libido and forgetfulness
Low energy or sleepiness during the day
Waking up because of choking or gasping
Loud times of snoring when you are asleep
A sore or dry throat when waking up
Snoring during sleep
What are the options for treatment of sleep apnea?
Medical treatments include using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device over the face of the patient every night during sleep. The CPAP device pushes air into the nose while you are wearing the mask so you get more oxygen during sleep. Yes, you do look like you are going “diving” when going to bed. Because wearing the CPAP device can be uncomfortable, the success rate is only about 50% as many abandon the use after 1 to 3 weeks. Surgical options include surgery to remove or reduce any bone or tissue the the surgeon decides that is blocking the airway. I recommend surgery as the last resort as I know of patients who have undergone surgery several times due to recurrent infections.
Fortunately, we have a unique non-surgical natural treatment called FCR or Functional Cranial Release that can help with naturally correcting sleep apnea. While most methods look at opening up the nasal passageway, we look at sleep apnea from a more holistic view. FCR helps sleep apnea by adjusting the sphenoid bone which in turns impacts the other cranial bones. The result is improved circulation and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid. Think of FCR as form of craniosacral therapy but much faster results. FCR involves the insertion of a balloon about the size of your finger in the nose. The balloon is then inflated for about 3 to 5 seconds within the nasopharygeal cavity. Although the stretch can be uncomfortable, most people will feel the stretch bearable as the pressure will be customize for each individual. For most sleep apnea patients, they will experience an IMMEDIATE feeling of air gushing in. Some may feel slightly light headed with their new found breathing capacity.
If you know of someone with sleep apnea, get some help quickly to avoid or reduce TND or brain degeneration. Call or email Dr Lim for an appointment.