Supine Sleep Posture (on Back) and Nocturnal Hypoxemia and Mortality: Interview with Dr. Artour

· breathing, Health, medicine

Artour Rakhimov

What is the impact of sleep positions and especially supine posture on health of people with diabetes, HIV-AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, coronary disease, bronchitis, COPD and many other diseases? Why have many family physicians, nurses, and general practitioners noticed that sleep negatively effects COPD patients, patients that experience coronary spasms and patients with sudden cardiac deaths? How does sleeping on one’s back cause changes in health and breathing or your oxygen level, as measured by the CP(control pause) test? This effect is also known as nocturnal hypoxemia.

In this YouTube video, Chris Prokop interviews Dr. Artour Rakhimov about sleeping on one’s back (supine sleep) and causes of worse health and nocturnal hypoxemia when a person sleeps on his or her back.

Your breath is unrestricted, when sleeping on your back. So it helps to sleep prone, or on the left and right sides because your body weight, restricts your breathing. Most sick patients in hospitals are commonly seen laying on their backs. The patients hyperventilate and breath about 3-4 times more than the medical norm causing nocturnal hypoxemia.

There are NormalBreathing web pages that relate to this topic. One of them is “Supine Sleep Position and Nocturnal Hypoxemia”

The Spanish version of this page is “Por qué y cómo prevenir y parar de dormir en forma supina (boca arriba)” .

Dr. Buteyko and over 180 Soviet breathing retraining doctors did extensive research on sleep positions. They found out that, the supine position or laying on the back was the worst position. A drop of 30% occurred, with the CP (control pause or body oxygen) test. 25 independent Western clinical studies also researched sleep positions and viewed the same drastic effects of supine sleep.

Early morning hours have shown to have the worst effects on over breathing, causing exacerbation’s of peoples diseases and they have the highest mortality according to various published medical studies. Asthma was one such disease, that became aggravated during early morning hours with nocturnal asthma. The Buteyko Method has immediate and long term lasting effects for treating asthma. It has been shown in, 6 Western randomized clinical trials on asthma, to have more than a 90% reduction in medication. The Buteyko Method received a much higher rating in comparison to meditation, yoga, various nutritional interventions and programs or other complementary therapies by the British Thoracic Society.

People with hypertension, anxiety disorders and many more diseases, have a low CP. In contrast, people with 40 seconds have good health, and people with over 60 seconds do not suffer from any chronic conditions. The website helps people in achieving a higher CP with information on breathing exercises and lifestyle factors.

Great body oxygen also eliminates all symptoms of chronic bronchitis as this page also suggests.

Sleep positions and postures, form the basis of the breathing retraining lifestyle. Sleep positions have a direct impact on your MCP (morning control pause), the main parameter of health. If your sleep positions cause you to over breathe, it will limit your overall CP growth, as the body will be working to recuperate, from the harmful effects of the night. Many people experience, a drop in their CP over night. The MCP may be easily measured at home, just after waking up, to test the effects of various sleep position, on your oxygen levels preventing nocturnal hypoxemia.

Breathing retraining exercises encouraged by include the Buteyko Method. This medical and Alternative Health method has been used on over 100,000 asthmatics, more than 30,000 people that have cardiovascular problems and many other conditions (sleep apnoea, bronchitis, liver cirrhosis). The Buteyko Method has been approved by the Russian Ministry of Health. Additionally, Soviet trials have used the Buteyko Method on HIV-AIDS, radiation disease, hepatitis B, metastatic cancer (with a 6 times decrease in 3 year mortality) and more.

Devices are also used, for the breathing exercises and are found to be easier for beginning students. Such devices include the amazing DIY device and the Frolov device.

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The video features Dr. Artour Rakhimov, health educator, writer, breathing teacher and trainer, and the author of the website The video was edited and produced by Chris Prokop.

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