Put more life in your days

Today, I spoke to a local group about my father’s challenges with undiagnosed sleep apnea. Often, I get asked why treating sleep apnea matters.

In my case, my father lived into his 80’s. He had a lot of days in his life, but untreated sleep apnea robbed him of more life in his days.

Great sleep is wonderful and mandatory for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. If you have sleep apnea, get into treatment. Life will improve! When you overcome sleep apnea, you will not sleep alone.

Walkablity. Simple Path to Better Sleep.

In 2005, the State of California created a group, CX3,  to look at the interplay of walkability of an area and obesity. It’s approach – attack the problem by improving communities in three ways: better walkablity, improved nutrition, and prevention of obesity. Thus, the “three-part” of the acronym. It is their contention that a neighborhood which has  walkability is a nicer place to live and especially walk. Walking ranks at top for best exercise to burn fat.  Running  burns calories too but can, if too vigorous, not burn fat as efficiently.

One proposed definition for walkability is: “The extent to which the built environment is friendly to the presence of people living, shopping, visiting, enjoying or spending time in an area”.[3] Factors affecting walkability include, but are not limited to: street connectivity; land use mix; residential density (residential units per area of residential use); “transparency” which includes amount of glass in windows and doors, as well as orientation and proximity of homes and buildings to watch over the street; plenty of places to go to near the majority of homes; placemaking, street designs that work for people, not just cars and retail floor area ratio.[4] Major infrastructural factors include access to mass transit, presence and quality of footpaths, buffers to moving traffic (planter strips, on-street parking or bike lanes) and pedestrian crossings, aesthetics, nearby local destinations, air quality, shade or sun in appropriate seasons, street furniture, traffic volume and speed.[1][5] and wind conditions. One of the best ways to quickly determine the walkability of a block, corridor or neighborhood is to count the number of people walking, lingering and engaging in optional activities within a space. (source – WikiPedia)

This walkability concept was forwarded to me by my co-author Jon.  Over the past year, Jon and I have regularly discussed the obesity crisis we are facing as a species, especially because carrying excess weight is one of the major, if not the major, cause of worsened sleep apnea. So, anything that can be done to lower obesity on a personal  or governmental basis is good for the apnea sufferer.  Like many things in life, some of the best solutions are the simplest.  Most everybody can walk. Warning… just because something as simple, doesn’t make it easy.

Work for walkabilty. It’s the right path.

Sleep Apnea – Let go of the results and focus on the process.

When I chat with apnea sufferers who are clearly compounding their problem by carrying too much excess weight, I sometimes find my advice to come up short. It is easy to say “lose thirty pounds”  and then cite the Swedish study showing 50% of those suffering from apnea were no longer, once they slimmed down to their ideal Body Mass Index. But, what are they supposed to do with that? Today my Amazon book search on the term “diet” yielded 75,539 results. It’s clearly controversial. Ranking first on the list are the books touting quick results.


At the end of my yoga class this weekend, our instructor read a passage from her book of inspirational yoga quotes. Since I was not with pen and paper at that moment, I will have to paraphrase it.

— Let go of the results and focus on the process —

Perhaps, this a key to successfully overcoming apnea. The process will get you the results, if chosen wisely.

BTW – While I was writing this post, two more diet books were added to Amazon.