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Nose Unblocking Exercise
1. Take a small, silent breath in through your nose and a small, silent breath out through your nose.
2. Pinch your nose with your fingers to hold your breath.
3. Walk as many paces as possible or move your head side to side and up and down with your breath held. Try to build up a medium to strong air shortage, without overdoing it.
4. When you resume breathing, do so only through your nose. Try to calm your breathing immediately.
5. After resuming your breathing, your first breath will probably be bigger than normal. Make sure that you calm your breathing as soon as possible by suppressing your second and third breaths.
6. You should be able to recover normal breathing within 2 or 3 breaths. If your breathing is erratic or heavier than usual, you have held your breath for too long.
7. Wait 1 or 2 minutes before repeating the breath-hold
8. In order to prepare yourself for the longer breath holds, go easy for the first few repetitions, increasing your paces each time.
9. Repeat for a total of 6 breath holds, creating a fairly strong need for air.

Nasal Cleaning and Decongestion
1. Blow nose correctly – one nostril at a time.
2. Xlear nasal spray – up to 5x daily, blow after using

3. Neti Pot or NeilMed Sinus Rinse bottle
a. Boil water and add sea salt (we recommend the NeilMed premixed packets)
4. Nasal Decongestion Options:
a. White flower essential oil – 6 drops on the palms, 6 sniffs of the palms
b. Neti stick essential oils – insert in one nostril and block the other. Breath in/out and swallow
c. Nasal unblocking exercise
5. Allergy treatment
a. Include in decongestion options Flonase 2x daily
b. Claritin or Zyrtec


Pregnancy and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when a patient stops breathing several times each night while they’re sleeping. This reduces the amount of oxygen in their bloodstream, which can have serious medical consequences. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and other significant medical issues. Sleep apnea symptoms include heavy snoring, making gasping noises while sleeping, and feeling tired and irritable during the day. If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, call Dr. Hathaway right away — she’s experienced in treating sleep apnea and will make sure you get the right diagnosis and treatment for your sleep disorder. It’s essential for women who are pregnant to do everything they can to safeguard their own health and protect the health of their children. That’s why expectant mothers will want to maintain a healthy diet and get enough sleep. How Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Baby By reducing the level of oxygen in your bloodstream, sleep apnea puts a tremendous strain on your heart and other organs. This results in a number of possible complications that can hurt both you and your baby:  Pulmonary edema (excess fluid in the lungs)  Maternal obesity  Elevated glucose levels  Preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy)  Increased likelihood of requiring a cesarean birth  Reduced blood oxygen Both pregnancy and sleep apnea can disrupt a woman’s sleeping patterns. Other common symptoms include heartburn, frequent nighttime urination, daytime fatigue, weight gain, increased blood pressure, and moodiness. This makes it even more difficult to detect sleep apnea in women who are expecting.

Getting the Right Care for Your Sleep Apnea

Dr. Hathaway can help you find relief for your sleep apnea. When you come for your consultation, she’ll examine your airway and ask you some questions about the type of sleep you’re getting and how you’re feeling throughout the day. She can also help arrange for you to take a sleep test. The sleep physician will read the results of your sleep test. If they detect signs of sleep apnea, you’ll be given a prescription for sleep apnea care. Our practice offers a number of effective remedies for sleep apnea, including our small, quiet, and convenient oral appliances.