Breathless Sleep… no more
A compelling case study
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Breathless Sleep…no more is my journey of how, as a self-employed lawyer, I struggled for years against severe obstructive sleep apnoea. Incredibly, my first step was to become aware of and acknowledge its existence – much like alcoholism.
I was faced with the debilitating and life threatening consequences of my breathing suddenly stopping. It occurred mostly during sleep...without warning and without control.
During my journey of discovery for effective treatment I tried conventional and unconventional methods. In doing so I achieved independence and control over my health.
In the book I discuss the relevant science underpinning the chosen method and use “before” and “after” sleep studies and photographs to support my case for overcoming sleep apnoea.
Following many months of disciplined breathing exercises I emerged triumphant. The battlefield of anxiety, inner conflict and self-doubt is left behind. My recapture of lost sleep and control over my mind and body will inspire millions of people affected by this increasingly prevalent sleep disorder.
“Breathless Sleep… no more: A Compelling Case Study is a Health and Medicine memoir written by Paul Rodriguez. The author was a long-time sufferer of sleep apnea, as had been both of his parents. This disorder made it impossible for him to get restful sleep. He’d be exhausted during the day and would even fall asleep without warning while he drove or performed other waking activities. When he consulted with a doctor, the severity of Rodriguez’s sleep apnea caused the doctor to recommend that he use a CPAP machine to control his breathing. Rodriguez reluctantly tried that machine on a rental basis, but his mind rebelled at the idea of needing mechanically assisted breathing. He consulted with a sleep therapist who instructed him in a breathing technique originally designed to assist asthmatics. The Buteyko method dramatically improved his sleep quality and reduced his apnea episodes.
Paul Rodriguez’s health-related memoir, Breathless Sleep… no more: A Compelling Case Study, is a well-written and fascinating retelling of the author’s successful use of the Buteyko method to control his sleep apnea. His story is told simply and honestly, and the information he provides the reader is easy to understand. While his book was not meant to be an instruction manual for sufferers of sleep apnea, it does give the reader a good sense of what the Buteyko method is, and why it works. Rodriguez includes a number of useful appendices to his work wherein the reader can view graphical proof of the benefits he received from his training, the statistics of his before and after sleep studies, Breathing Charts and end notes. I was quite impressed with the quality of the information shared by the author of Breathless Sleep… no more: A Compelling Case Study. It’s most highly recommended.”
Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
“My first sight of Paul’s book was the two pictures taken before and after he had undertaken a Buteyko Institute method (BIM) course of breathing retraining. They set the scene of his journey from what he thought was a healthy young man struggling to meet the deadlines of a demanding job, marriage and young family, to the frustration of being constantly tired and unable to have restful refreshing sleep. The difference in the shape of his face, particularly his jawline, is remarkable and testament to nasal breathing assisting to realign the normal face shape.
Paul tells how he has been affected by sleep apnoea for almost a third of his life but was unaware of this until the more recent past and after making his own discovery could link the symptoms to his mother’s health. His condition affected every part of his waking and sleeping hours and caused his wife much angst as she would at regular intervals have to rouse him as he had stopped breathi