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Yes, exactly. Tinnitus? Wow...I also suffer from that but it wasn't impacted by the breathing. You can trim it down - 3 breaths instead of 10. I was doing 3 reps of normal inhale, big exhale, then one additional exhale to empty the lungs, then hold as long as possible. I used the timer on my iPhone to track my hold progress. When I got to about 45 secs the sleep onset transitional apnea stopped. I was so relieved, I thought I was in for an ongoing night time horror.
From google: There are:
Visual Learners: those that need to see pictures and graphs to visualize.
Auditory Learners: those who need to hear the information.
Kinesthetic Learners: those who need to engage in an activity in order to grasp a concept.
You're not dense at all - we all learn differently!
Thank you...great news!
Also - the email notifications work fine - I'm receiving them.
I posted this thread here, similar to this one, and tried the technique mentioned:
The Wim Hof breathing has worked - I'm pretty sure it trained my mind & body to not be terrified of a higher CO2 level for those few seconds on the wake/sleep border, and the wake-up-gasping symptom went away. Initially I was doing the breathing exercise 3-4 times per day, but I haven't done them for a few weeks now, and my falling asleep has remained normal. All I can say is - give it a try! For me it was a godsend.
Thanks! Great info, I appreciate it.
I'm just here to post in support of the powers that be doing anything they can to keep this knowledgebase fresh and thriving. Many, many people will benefit as I have. I think I might be a very typical drive-by poster who has a specific issue for a short duration, but if you stack all the small bricks like mine you can build an impressive long-lasting pyramid for the ages.
Hi Sierra - Unfortunately it was a phone consult and I only received the limited info I mentioned above. I did read the complex sleep apnea article pretty much right after I arrived here. In my case I believe the post I linked nailed it with respect to my condition - I programmed myself for high oxygenation / low CO2 by doing a lot of anxiety-relieving deep belly breathing, and then at sleep transition where the CO2 got higher my body was reacting negatively (ie: screaming to WAKE UP AND BREATHE). The Wim Hof breathing practice (hold breath as long as possible on empty lungs) re-acclimatized my body to a higer CO2 level and it made the sleep transition reaction go away. This may be a terrible case of bad science / high belief on my part but my primary issue is resolved. I hope it can help others. I am still considering whether or not to start CPAP or try a dental appliance. My thanks for your presence here and responses, I think this forum has great value and I hope the other thread about it slowly dying proves to be wrong.
Update from OP. Sleep test results showed an average of 14 stop-breathing events per hour, and blood O2 levels stayed above 90% the whole time. Spent 75% of sleep on my back. Doctor said this represented a mild/moderate case of sleep apnea and said I could benefit from CPAP. I'm scheduled to go in to review the available machines in 2 weeks and then choose one and do another sleep test with it. He said he was pretty sure all the available models export the OSCAR data. I asked about dental appliances instead of CPAP and he said they don't do that at his clinic and told me to consult with my dentist about that solution if I want to go that route.
The original problem that led me here and to get the sleep test referral is completely gone. I really believe that the Wim Hof breathing practice solved it as I described above. I tried to discuss this with the doctor and to ask about the science of how the body measures blood CO2 and O2 and responds to it but he wasn't interested, he just said "well you can't do that breathing technique when you're sleeping" (completely missing my point). He seemed to be a "CPAP or nothing" kind of guy. Gut reaction is that I'm being rushed/railroaded into it.
Thanks, I will ask these questions when I get my consult at the end of Sep. I'm in Canada so the availability of different machines could be hit or miss, also what's covered/not covered under our gov't healthcare plan.