Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Your body tells you what it needs, and if you sleep past your alarm on a Saturday morning, it's probably because you need the sleep.

Sophia Bush
 

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)    an involuntary breathing stop of

10 -20 seconds, several times per minute, is a relatively common condition

where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting

 normal breathing.

This may lead to regularly interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact

on quality of life and increases the risk of developing certain conditions.

It must be taken seriously.

Symptoms of OSA

The symptoms of OSA are usually first spotted by a partner, friend or

family member who notices problems while you sleep.

They may notice:

  • noisy and laboured breathing

  • repeated short periods where breathing is interrupted by gasping or snorting

 

Some people with OSA may also experience night sweats.

They may wake up frequently during the night to urinate.

Dangers

No one in the medical profession ever told me of the dangers of sleep apnoea, not even when I was diagnosed, and even made no allowances for when I displayed the symptoms eg emotional outbursts.

If left untreated, sleep apnoea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, and even stroke. It's tough on your body, especially your blood vessels. What's more, you're more prone to memory loss, emotional outbursts, depression, accidents, and relationship issues. And, I repeat,  not once were any of these symptoms explored by my doctor. I was simply told I had a personality issue. At the time I was getting about two hours sleep per night and despite mentioning this to my doctor, it was never discussed.

When we look at sleep apnoea from a metaphysical perspective we find we have someone who is blocking the flow of life, who deep down in their unconscious feel or think that life is not worth living. Usually, they are people that if you talk of death with them, or more likely they will raise it, they will say they are "ready" to go, that whilst they do not wish to commit suicide, they do not wish to be here on this planet, they feel they have already lived long enough and could easily go now if their time came.

 

They are people who have lived through many anguishing situations, probably suffered break up or heartbreak,  they will have had money worries and constantly fear a lack of money They will find it difficult to find motivation in life and for life. They will withdraw, hide away, almost pretend to die; that way they cannot be harmed.

This person is also likely to hold the belief that if they rest, they are not living, and to compensate they will feel a need to be always on the go. And when they are not, even when resting, they will feel guilty, upset, disturbed. They will become addicted to work, preferring work to rest.

 

Treatments

 

Conventional medicine may

 

  • offer you a CPAP (Sleep apnoea) mask

  • suggest lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, stopping smoking, limiting alcohol

  • suggest oral breathing devices or other devices (such as nasal dilators) that you wear at night

  • offer you medicine to help you stay awake during the day

  • suggest a range of surgical procedures few of which are very successful

 

The metaphysical approach

 

 

 

  • Know that life is worth living – you’re here not for pity parties but to serve, connect with others, do good

  • Do not wish your life away (future thinking) – you will go when your time is ready, be in present time

  • Heal any addiction to busyness, work, having to constantly be on the move - seek therapy if necessary

  • Find ways to go where life flows; follow the breadcrumbs, notice the synchronicities of life

  • Give up fearing lack of money – focus on attracting abundance

  • Know it is okay to stop, to rest, to relax, take time out

  • Find ways to enjoy life – naturally, spontaneously

  • Heal from heartbreaks - do the work

  • Enjoy life now - start now

  • Live life now

Sleep well

© 2017,2018,2019,2020 by Andrew Hunter

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