Breathing resources

 

The Book

Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea – the book and reviews

Penguin 2012, RRP $29.95     ISBN: 978-0670076499

Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea: A step-by-step guide to restful sleep and better health through changing the way you breathe.

Author: Tess Graham

Sleepless nights are a common curse yet many people think snoring and sleep apnoea are things you just put up with, whether you’re the partner or the sufferer. But if left untreated, these sleep disorders can lead to poor concentration and drowsiness, memory problems, impaired work performance, relationship breakdowns, irritability, and even high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

Many have gone to drastic lengths to fix these conditions – going to expensive clinics, buying elaborate equipment, and undergoing surgery – when in fact the solution could be as simple as changing the way you breathe.

After 20 years of clinical experience, Tess Graham has successfully helped  thousands of sufferers. In this practical guide she reveals the nine habits that can help you to overcome the dysfunctional breathing linked to sleep apnoea and snoring. Her five-day program is quick, easy-to-follow and effective.

The first part of this book gives the facts about snoring and sleep apnoea and the serious health problems they can lead to. It lays out the evidence that faulty breathing habits are a primary cause of poor sleep, snoring and sleep apnoea. It tells you why your anatomy – the shape of your nose and your jaw, and the size of your tongue and the ‘soft tissues’ of your palate and throat – may be less of an issue than the way you breathe past them.

Part one also helps you identify how your breathing differs from normal healthy breathing and the likely reasons you developed and got stuck with poor breathing habits in the first place. If you snore or have sleep apnoea, you do not breathe correctly. No exceptions.

The second part of the book delivers commonsense practical advice on how to improve your breathing, your health and your sleep – starting while you read. It can be as simple as taking your next breath … differently.

By learning to breathe normally again – silently, gently and rhythmically – you can significantly improve your sleep and your health, boost your energy levels, and subsequently enjoy better quality of life.

Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea shows you how to get back to basics with your breathing, so you can enjoy a good night’s rest, naturally. 

While it is specifically written for people with sleep-breathing issues, the information and strategies there for improving breathing may also be of help to people with asthma, breathlessness, persistent cough, nasal problems, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and other breathing-related disorders.

Buy the book HERE

Book Reviews

“We’ve forgotten how to breathe” - Tim Boyd reviews Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea and gives it a thumbs up.  Tim Boyd in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation (Summer 2013).

AMAZON .COM -  This Book Clearly and Really Delivers April 2, 2013:
” Tess Graham’s “Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea” truly honours all it claims to be – “a step-by-step guide to restful sleep and better health through changing the way you breathe”. As a natural health practitioner of forty years experience, and having studied countless texts on breathing, I heartily recommend this book as one of the best I have ever read on the subject. As well as being a specialist practitioner in her field, Tess Graham is a phenomenally brilliant educator with a writing style that makes the reader feel that she is right there in the room with them. The presentation of material that would normally be difficult to explain is made crystal clear and with such an entertaining flair.

Fellow readers and better health seekers this book is not just for snoring and sleep apnoea sufferers – it’s for all of us. Better breathing brings better health to everyone. Many know this, but people get so confused about breathing, with all the different styles and methods out there. As Tess puts it, so cleanly, so clearly, “If you want your body to function properly, there is only one way to breathe. And that is, to breathe correctly – with physiologically correct breathing.” After reading this book you will know what that is and how to achieve it. Well done Tess Graham. Thank you for this amazing book. ”
 — JENNIFER HARRIS   Singer, singing teacher, natural health practitioner 

“We can’t opt out of breathing. We can do it well, or we can do it poorly. Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea is an invaluable resource for those of us determined to maintain or restore good breathing, good health and quality sleep. Tess Graham’s easy-to-follow program shows us how to breathe the way nature intended – silently, gently and rhythmically. I, for one, sleep better for having read this book.”
— DR ROSS G T WALKER FRACP Consultant Cardiologist (FROM FOREWORD)

“Hi, my name is David and I’m a snorer and it’s been 15 days since I last snored.
I no longer stop breathing – known as sleep apnoea – and the missus doesn’t get woken up by the tiles rattling to the tune of my thunderous opera. It’s been a remarkable turnaround in a few short weeks sinceRelax editor, Karen Hardy, sent around an email asking for a human guinea pig. Tess Graham had written a book, called Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea, and it was my nasal passages’ job to put both her and her book through their paces.”
— DAVID POLKINGHORNE – Excerpt from the Canberra Times – Relax- Sunday Oct 21 2012

“Tess explains things in a completely common sense way. I found the section on exercising incredibly interesting and helpful. My breathing while exercising is becoming more regular and less random and I notice that I usually feel better on the days I walk more – of course, with my mouth shut!”
— EMILY (UK)

“Tess Graham’s book is a template of the effective practices she has taught to thousands of clients and it is mercifully free from jargon and spin. It will change the way you think about breathing. So instead of just swallowing pills, inhaling drugs or clamping gadgets in your mouth or on your face, why not pay attention to the most fundamental function of our living bodies – the breath? Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoeacould be what you’re looking for.”
—  PETER THOMPSON   writer, journalist, film critic Book review Byron Bay ECHO 13-11-2012

“Distressed breathing patterns, as occur with snoring and anxiety, can be an effect of chronic stress, including chronic relationship distress. 30% of my couple therapy patients present with varying degrees of sleep disorder, some quite severe. The consequent sleep deprivation for both partners only adds to the strain on the relationship. An essential complement to my work has been referral of these couples for breathing retraining. Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea will be an invaluable resource for my patients.”
— PETER FOX  BSc MSc MACPA  Clinical Psychologist Couple Therapist