Ask yourself how the most successful elite athletes and wealthiest people became that way. Many did not go to university. They did things their way and did not follow what others had done. On this blog post, I will explain why Elite Athletes need Bilevel or BiPAP Auto Adjusting pressure machines rather than use a CPAP machine.
I have not followed what the sleep medical specialists have advised in using a CPAP machine. Why? There is ample evidence showing that there are up to an estimated 80% non-successful, non-compliant and failing patients who are using a CPAP machine. Further details are on the blog page Why is CPAP Compliance Rate Low?
I have purchased out of pocket Bilevel Auto Adjusting machines to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Further, I have taught myself as much as possible on how to use this particular machine and optimize the settings for me. By doing so, I am having a great night’s sleep every night so as to wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
In my younger years, I played a lot of competition sport, so I am totally aware of how important sleep is to maximize performance. You need to be able to perform on any given day at your best. Just 1% to 2% from your best may be the difference between winning and losing the game.
Great sleep is critical to an elite athlete to perform at their maximum performance. When an elite athlete has lack of quality and quantity of sleep, they will feel tired and lacking energy and may make mistakes during a game. This may be due to a reduction in focus and judgement from less reaction time to what’s coming at you and what the opposition player or team is doing.
Lack of sleep may also lead to lack of motivation and memory in players and increase the risk of illness and injury. Potentially, illness and injury may prematurely end a person’s sporting career.
Did you know that elite athletes such as Roger Federer, Usain Bolt and Maria Sharapova get up to 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night? Serious consideration needs to be given by everyone to the quality and quantity of sleep that they are having.
It is common in some elite athletes to have obstructive sleep apnea due to the particular sport they play such as Rugby Union and American Football players. These athletes may have large body masses and “thick” necks or extra fat or muscle tissue on the neck.
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Since originally writing this blog post, in early 2021 I began using a very high starting IPAP of 18.2 cmH2O and EPAP of 12.8 cmH2O (inhale and exhale pressure) to stop and reverse the symptoms of Dementia. I used the advanced ResMed Bilevel with iVAPS machine which will also be of great benefit to all athletes. This machine will enable an athlete to have great sleep every night and be able to perform at their very best when needed. More details are on the blog post: