Reducing Sleep Apnea With Breathing Exercises

It has been a CRAZY week for me again.

I returned from Taiwan working with Princess Cruises and the Princess Luxury Bed on Sunday morning at about 7am and I was timeshifting the entire way. It worked perfectly, and I am really glad that it did.

On Tuesday at 7am I was giving a lecture for the Milken Institute as their first ever Sleep Speaker!

Then flew to Orlando to speak at WATTS, an aviation conference where I spoke on sleep and aviation safety, and then that afternoon flew to NYC to give another lecture called The Exhausted Executive: Sleep for Peak Performance. Whew! That was quite a week.

During all of my travel, I was able to get in a few articles and this one was very interesting looking at future research in sleep and Alzheimer’s, reported by Medical Express:

“The University of Maine was recently issued a patent for a device that detects brain injury by measuring sleep movement patterns, reports Medical Express.

The invention is a fitted mattress sheet equipped with more than a dozen sensors that will allow it to gather information about a person’s sleep-wake and respiratory patterns while a person is sleeping in the comfort of their own home rather than in a sleep study facility. The SleepMove monitoring system has the potential to detect early symptoms of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease. “

“Through the funding, they have received and the licensing opportunity, their next steps are to complete the ongoing clinical sleep study to test this technology. The results from the home sleep studies on early Alzheimer’s will allow them to then seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The impact of this project reaches beyond Alzheimer’s research.”

There’s A Breathing Exercise That Reduces Sleep Apnea And Lowers Blood Pressure

Another fascinating study was done by a group in Colorado and they have discovered a breathing exercise regimen which appears to help sleep apnea and lower blood pressure (reported by Sleep Medicine Reviews):

“Developed in the 1980s as a means to wean critically ill people off ventilators, IMST involves breathing in vigorously through a hand-held device—an inspiratory muscle trainer—which provides resistance. Imagine sucking hard through a straw that sucks back.

During early use in patients with lung diseases, patients performed a 30-minute, low-resistance regimen daily to boost their lung capacity.

But in 2016, University of Arizona researchers published results from a trial to see if just 30 inhalations per day with greater resistance might help sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea, who tend to have weak breathing muscles, rest better.

In addition to more restful sleep and developing a stronger diaphragm and other inspiratory muscles, subjects showed an unexpected side effect after six weeks: Their systolic blood pressure plummeted by 12 millimeters of mercury. That’s about twice as much of a decrease as aerobic exercise can yield and more than many medications deliver.

I’m very excited to see more of these kinds of studies come out. As we begin to see and accept the critical role sleep plays in our overall health, having a sleep routine and program to sleep better makes perfect sense.

Here are a couple of interviews I think you’ll enjoy.

You’ve Been Using Your Travel Pillow Wrong – The Sun

How Sleep Position Affects Your Health – Leadership

How To Sleep When You Are Grieving –

That is all for this week,

Sweet Dreams,
Dr. Michael Breus