Month: October 2016

Improving sleep quality using a CPAP machine

Getting a good night sleep is very important in keeping a healthy lifestyle. Sleep disorders can lower the quality of your sleep, cause daytime sleepiness and many other conditions. The negative results can be immediate and manifest as car accidents caused by daytime fatigue and sleepiness, or long term and manifest as physical and psychological chronic conditions that can be very difficult to overcome.

Sleep quality can affect your cognitive abilities, as well as your decision-making skills. Getting a good night’s sleep will improve your memory and learning capabilities. On the other hand, if you do not get enough good quality sleep during the night, you will find it difficult to focus during the day, which will affect your skills at work. You will not be able to pay attention, solve problems, or cope with changes and concentrate on your tasks.

Long term, low sleep quality can cause chronic diseases, such as depression, obesity, and heart diseases. The most common sleep disorders include sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and others. Sleep disorders have different causes that range from shift working, jet lag syndrome, stress and anxiety and others.

How to Improve Sleep Quality

One of the best ways to improve upon your nighttime sleep is to create and follow a sleep pattern. The natural sleep-wake pattern of your body, called a circadian pattern, is very important in improving the quality of your sleep. You should try to go to sleep at the same time at night, and wake up at the same time in the morning, even on weekends, to avoid disrupting your circadian pattern.

Avoid bright screens before you go to sleep. Many people tend to linger on their smartphones and laptops before going to sleep, or watch television. However, the bright blue screen tricks your brain into thinking it is daylight, which prevents you from falling asleep and disrupts your sleeping pattern.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea that need special treatment with the help of sleep clinics and CPAP machines. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes obstruction of the breathing channels, and causes snoring, sleep choking, and respirational difficulties during sleep.

The result is lack of oxygen in your body and brain while you sleep, due to the lack of air reaching your lungs. Moreover, you wake up often during the night, even if you are not aware of it, which disrupts your sleep. In the morning, you feel exhausted, instead of rested, and suffer from increasing amounts of daytime fatigue and sleep deprivation, despite getting more than enough hours of sleep during the night.

What are CPAP Machines

CPAP machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP treatment. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This type of treatment involves using a CPAP machine to keep your airways open while you sleep, and prevent the tissues of your airways swelling and obstructing the airflow. The CPAP machine provides a constant stream of air into your airways through a mask or nose pillows.

small cpap machine

CPAP treatment involves a CPAP machine, a flexible tube, and a mask. The CPAP machine is very small and portable, and can be used both during the day for naps, and during the night. The CPAP machine can also have a humidifier function to prevent inflammation of your pathways and improve your overall health.

The tube is necessary to connect the machine with the mask, and should be flexible, especially if you tend to toss and turn during your sleep. If the tube is not flexible enough, the machine and the mask will disconnect easily.

The mask is the most important element of the CPAP machine. There are three different types of masks. There are masks that cover only your nose, masks that cover both your mouth and nose. However, they might be uncomfortable for you, in which case, you can use nasal pillows, which are very small and fit into your nostrils.

 

How to Use a CPAP Machine

In order to use a CPAP machine correctly, you need to consult a sleep doctor, or go to a sleep clinic and get proper diagnose of your condition. In most cases, you would need to spend the night at the clinic. However, if you know you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, you can get a home test to determine the severity of your case. These tests are necessary to make sure that you calibrate the CPAP machine correctly. Once you have a diagnosis, you will know the level of air pressure you need, and whether you need a humidifying option or not.

Modern CPAP machines have a timed pressure level calibration. You can calibrate the machine to use a lower amount of air pressure as you fall asleep, and then increase it when you are asleep and need a bigger pressure to keep the airflow continuously open.

CPAP treatment is not temporary. Stopping the treatment will bring back the obstructive sleep apnea symptoms and have a negative effect on the quality of your sleep. This is why CPAP can be a significant change in your lifestyle. You need to use the CPAP machine if you nap during the day, and during the night. In order to ease yourself into the treatment, you can start small and use it only for a few hours during the night. It will help you get used to wearing the mask as you fall asleep, which will ease you into full night sleeping with a CPAP machine.

Health Benefits of Using CPAP Machines

Once you start sleeping with a CPAP machine, you will notice a decrease in the symptoms and results of obstructive sleep apnea. Your overall health will improve proportionally with the improvement of your sleep, and you will enjoy different health benefits.

People that suffer from sleep apnea often suffer from heart problems as well. Using a CPAP machine will help prevent hear problems such as irregular heartbeat, heart failure and improve your overall cardiovascular health.

Sleep apnea causes lack of oxygen in your brain during sleep, which can strain and affect the health of your brain. This can lead to a stroke, a condition where the brain stops functioning. With a CPAP machine, you make sure that your brain receives the optimal amount of oxygen during the night and lowers the strain on the brain, which reduced the risk of getting a stroke.

Moreover, your emotional and psychological wellbeing will also improve. Getting good quality sleep during the night will make it easier for you to concentrate on your tasks during the day, reduce the amount of stress, and help you battle depression, among other psychological disorders. You will become more productive, and emotionally well adjusted, and improve upon the overall quality of your life.

The role I play

Meditation plays an integral role in the continuation of the work that I do. It allows me to stay centred in my heartfelt truth and live from a place of peace and integrity. This calmness flows through to my clients and creates a safe space in which clients feel able able to open up to healing aspects of their own inner child.

I am empathetic to people’s situations and understand their pain and know how to help them move through it with clear, simple steps. These steps are outlined throughout the Inner Child Guided Visualization Meditations that I have created.

My life experience plays a large role in my work and the depth of my own story helps me relate to the struggles of others. Since we may not have the same story but we may share an understanding of the experience of emotional turmoil. Healing your inner child is paramount to embracing the change that you are seeking.

felt compelled to change the way I was living to be more in harmony with who I really am. This required me to begin exploring within, to begin healing my own inner child and to make my life less serious.  In my work as a healer I am able to share my intuitive guidance and knowledge, to help others tap into their own intuitive self and embrace their softer, feminine aspects so that the inner child can gently begin

to heal.

Meditation tips

10 Easy, Simple & Quick Steps to help you meditate.

1) If your head is really busy, write out worries, stressors or distractions onto paper or into a journal before attempting to meditate.  Burn or shred pages if necessary.

2) Read an inspirational passage before meditating.

3)Read something funny that will make you laugh before you meditate to help your diaphragm relax

4) Try gentle stretching beforehand. Head and shoulders and face.  It requires a certain amount of strength in your body to maintain good posture.

5) Try yoga postures – Salute to the Sun Yoga sequence is quick and easy.

6) Try Tibetan breathing. Breathe in and out to the count of 3, and increase to 4 or 5. Breathe from the belly, push your tummy out as you breathe in and pull your tummy in as you breathe out.

7) Sing or chant mantras.

8) Turn off your phone or place it on silent and minimize distractions so that you can fully relax.

9) Set an egg timer for the amount of time you want to meditate for. It could be as small as 1 minute

then build up the time from there.  Then you will know when the time is up and not have to worry about it.

10) Do 10 deep long breaths in and out to calm down your physical body. If this doesn’t work, then do some daggy dancing for a couple of minutes to loosed up your body.

Inspire and love

There can only be one of you, so make yourself FABULOUS!

Your inner child is your intuition, so nurture your inner child and your intuitive self will soar.

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to fear stress related diseases. The best antidote is a healthy dose of belly laughs.  Ironically these are highly contagious.

Next time you go for a walk, notice if you lead by your head or your heart.  If your head and eyes are down and you’re looking at the ground – you’re in your head.  If your head is up and you are looking at your surroundings, your shoulders will be back and your heart will be open – you are leading by your heart.

Healing past hurts from the Mother figure in your life helps you to open up to receiving from life itself.

Healing past hurts from the Father figure in your life helps you to become aware of the generous opportunities presenting themselves to you and then put them into action.

Healing the connection between you as the adult and you as the inner child so that you are both on the same page, allows your life to become easier and easier.

You can override the 4 letter word FEAR in your life by coming from the 4 letter word LOVE.

When was the last time you lay on Mother Earth, looked up to the sky and made figures and shapes out of the clouds overhead?

If you’re feeling grumpy or a bit disinterested in life, watch a small child and observe what they are doing, then imitate them. I guarantee that you will end up laughing.

To bring the inner child into your daily adult routine, wear different coloured nail polish, or wear your hair differently, or wear different coloured socks, or a brightly coloured piece of jewellry that you would not normally wear.

Have you ever heard the expression “you need to fill up your cup”? This simply means doing something for your inner child.  Once your inner child is acknowledged an inner sense of peace is felt.  Then your cup will be overflowing.

Next time you walk down the street, SMILE at everyone. Then see what happens.

Take notice of those people who are getting under your skin.  It simply means that there is something about their behaviour that is triggering off an aspect of yourself that you have not yet accepted.  Life will keep presenting people and situations to you until you do acknowledge and embrace that unaccepted part of you.

 

Want to reconnect with your inner child and make your life more playful and fun?

For some the fast pace of life has taken away the joy of life and has created an insatiable appetite for the accumulation of external things that we mistakenly believe will fill our emotional and spiritual void.  Life has become too serious which takes the fun, enjoyment and pleasure out of what may naturally unfold.

Over time, if this is not addressed, we can become emotionally detached from ourselves and from life itself.  Our sense of trust and curiousity slowly diminishes, along with our capacity to experience new and exciting life moments.  Restoring your connection with your inner child and allowing this to flourish will help to bring balance back into your life again.

A simple way to reconnect with your inner child is through the Guided Creative Inner Child Meditations available on this site.  Meditation can be magical and a space where miracles happen.

I am here to guided you on an adventure into meditation that is going to help you reconnect to your inner child and reclaim your true self through healing emotional aspects of your past.  You will then have the opportunity to heighten your senses, rekindle your childlike exuberance and rediscover the awe and wonder of life.

Guided Creative Visualization is an easy method to use and follow.

It’s less like hard work and much more about joy, peace and tapping into your true self.

So follow the sound of my voice and let me take you on a journey to explore your inner world.   We will share nurturing and healing experiences that support the more vulnerable and wounded aspects of the inner child. We can safely return to the chapters of your childhood that need attention to bring resolution, love and peace. As you connect and find yourself in these quiet and inspiring spaces you will uncover a part of you that may have been forgotten.  We will work with the unfolding inspiration and gently nurture and encourage it to come forth into your life.

Through my heart felt guidance I will lead you back to yours.

We will find peace together.