Aging doesn’t happen in a straight line or at a steady pace. And it isn’t always obvious at first, either.
You could be aging FASTER on the inside, for example. With your cells and DNA quietly suffering the kind of damage that leads to the three Ds of doom… disease, decline, and death.
But new research offers a way to slow it all down. This surprisingly simple solution fixes a condition millions of Americans have, but many are entirely unaware that they do.
It’s called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. And today, I’m going to share the warning signs of sleep apnea with you, so you know how to spot this often-hidden condition.
Plus, I’ll outline an easy-as-pie plan to turn this disorder around, slow cellular aging, and ward off those three Ds of doom.
Sleep apnea often goes unnoticed
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the muscles that support your tongue and soft palate temporarily relax, narrowing or closing down your airway. This leads to repeated lapses in your breathing throughout the night.
Sleep apnea is typically corrected with a CPAP machine. You might have seen one of them in those late-night TV commercials for products that help keep the masks clean.
In those ads, the actor often has a mask with a large tube coming out of it strapped to his face. The tube connects to a CPAP machine designed to stop the breathing lapses that mark sleep apnea.
If that description hits close to home because you’re already a CPAP user, hang on a moment. Because I’ve got some far better options that I’ll tell you all about in just a few moments.
But if that’s not you, don’t rest too easy yet. Because studies show up to 24 million Americans have undiagnosed sleep apnea. And if you’re one of them, the latest research reveals the condition could literally be slowly and silently killing you.
Nighttime disorder linked to rapid aging
Researchers used blood samples to compare what’s known as chronological age (what you celebrate on your birthday) to epigenetic age (your age based on the health of your DNA). And what they found was simple… clear… and shocking.
In most cases, people with sleep apnea tend to be “older” than their chronological age. They show signs of accelerated epigenetic aging.
This rapid cellular aging is likely due to two reasons:
- Sleep apnea causes poor sleep. Both the quantity and quality of your shuteye suffer when you have repeated bouts of breathlessness. And both of those sleep factors play a vital role in your overall health, affecting everything from immune function to cellular damage.
- When sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing, your oxygen levels plunge. And when there’s less oxygen in your blood, there’s less oxygen going to your vital organs that need it for everything from tissue repair to normal function.
Now for a little GOOD news from the study. The scientists treated the same sleep apnea patients for a year with CPAP, then repeated the tests. They found that their fast-tracked aging had mercifully slowed down again.
In other words, it appears that you CAN reverse the rapid aging caused by sleep apnea.
Spot sleep apnea and fix it the RIGHT way
The biggest challenge of sleep apnea is knowing you have it. Because as extreme as the disorder can sound, most people who suffer those oxygen lapses don’t fully wake up.
In fact, folks with OSA aren’t always aware of it, even when they stop breathing hundreds of times a night. But some tell-tale sleep apnea signs can give you a clue.
You may have sleep apnea if you…
- wake up feeling like you’re not well-rested after a full night of sleep
- run out of steam midday for no apparent reason
- snore loudly along with lapses of complete silence
- wake up with a headache and/or a sore throat
If you’re battling any of these symptoms, speak with a doctor about getting a diagnosis. Typically, that requires a simple sleep study.
If your sleep apnea is confirmed, here are three easy options that can help you overcome the disorder and reverse the rapid aging:
- CPAP: A standard CPAP machine is what the researchers used in the new study, and it did help. But it’s also noisy, and many folks find it uncomfortable. Plus, as you can tell from the commercials, keeping the machine clean and sanitary is a hassle.
- Weight loss: Dropping a few pounds takes a little more time. But if you’re overweight, it’s well worth the effort. Because, in many cases, weight loss can CURE sleep apnea.
- Tongue exercises: I know it sounds crazy, but it’s also Simple tongue exercises you can do nearly anywhere can help train your tongue so it doesn’t block your airway, causing those periods of sleep apnea. I’ve got all the details, including how to perform the tongue exercises, right here.
Don’t let sleep apnea make you old before your time or put you into an early grave. Take steps to overcome this disorder once and for all,