How Sleep Apnea Can Cause Anxiety [Podcast 30]

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The 1950s was once called the “age of anxiety.” I think it’s fair to say that the level of anxiety has risen exponentially since then. There are many reasons why you may be anxious, including information overload, social media, non-stop news, or even your children’s activities. For many of you, problems breathing during sleep may be another good reason.

In this episode, Kathy and I will reveal how sleep-breathing problems can cause or aggravate anxiety.

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Shownotes

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Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz
Calm magnesium tea
Patrick McKeon interview
Bohr effect
Stop Smoking for the Last Time by George Wissing 
Deborah Quilter interview (#67) on yoga breathing

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  1. Another excellent podcast!
    Having done yoga for 22 years now– I would also add a trick that has worked for me: a focus on belly breathing. I have trained myself to belly breathe by being mindful like Kathy has. Yoga teachers will have you place your hand on your belly as you sit– and make sure it pushes out and in with the breath. You oxygenate much better this way. Also the more shallow chest breathing and lifting your shoulders up and down all day long is stressful for the body. Practice belly breathing just before you go to sleep and just as you wake up– and you will find it becomes a habit. And– you can call yourself a yogi!
    Thanks Dr Park and Kathy– great work.