Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
On February 11, 2013, fitness expert Lorna Kleidman reacts to a potential remedy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, challenging those diagnosed with OSA to incorporate kettlebells into their workouts and improve their overall well-being.
According to a recent article in The Boston Globe, Aibek Mirrakhimov, a doctor from Kyrgyzstan, believes that the inadequate fluid circulation that contributes to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (a condition which causes severe snoring and discomfort) might be remedied with physical activity. Mirrakhimov hypothesizes that “exercise might improve blood flow in the legs and lead to a quieter night’s sleep.”
The article states that OSA is caused by a “narrowing of the upper airways.” This can have serious consequences, especially over time – improper breathing at night disrupts our regular sleep rhythms, which leaves people tired the next day. “There are a number of risk factors for OSA,” the article continues. “Some can’t be helped, like having a short lower jaw or a large tongue; others, like obesity, are more manageable.”
According to Mirrakhimov’s findings, people with OSA tend to also suffer from Excessive Daytime Sleepiness. According to the Boston Globe, “[Mirrakhimov] guessed that sleepiness decreases physical activity, and he knew that decreased activity causes fluid accumulation in the legs. Mirrakhimov also knew from previous studies that when people lie down at night, the collected fluid flows up their bodies and into their necks (something known as the rostral fluid shift), constricting their airways.”
“Some of the links in Mirrakhimov’s chain are well-established, like the relationship between neck circumference and OSA,” says the article. “But his critical step—that exercise might promote better fluid circulation—is an intuition that remains to be tested.”
Lorna Kleidman, three-time kettlebell champion and creator of the popular KettleX program, comments on Mirrakhimov’s theory, agreeing that his hypothesis is sound and urging further research. “I'd love to see this idea tested,” says Kleidman. “Science is evidence-based; until a research program is established, let's start accumulating good anecdotal data for this theory. I challenge those suffering from OSA to adopt a fun and easy regimen of kettlebell exercises into their daytime activities, and see if they notice the difference in how they sleep.”
Kleidman adds that only twenty minutes of kettlebell exercises can equal the same amount of cardio as running or jogging. “Let’s get the blood pumping and sleep well with kettlebells!”
Lorna Kleidman is a three-time World Champion and World Record holder in the kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.