Blood Oxygenation: Breathing & Sleep

Did you know that healthy breathing is absolutely critical for deep and restorative sleep? 

It goes without saying that the human body is a powerful machine, capable of achieving incredible things.  Cells constantly need oxygen, yet cannot store oxygen for future use (unlike with carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins). Only when our heart muscles relaxes, does blood get 100% oxygenated.  

Our heart relaxes the most while we are sleeping.  Healthy breathing while sleeping leads to optimal blood oxygenation.   Adequate blood circulation allows cells to be adequately oxygenated so they can maintain their normal physiologic functions. During sleep, millions of reparative activities are taking place at the cellular level:

And it all starts with being relaxed enough to subconsciously practice deep restorative breathing while sleeping.

With every breath, you replenish and renew what was exhaled. We often forget what a delicate process this is. For example, you can breathe in more oxygen and exhale less carbon dioxide in fast nasal breathing. This often occurs when the brain is overthinking and instructing the heart to beat faster and harder.  The reverse is also true: you can breathe out more carbon dioxide and inhale less oxygen in the form of fast mouth breathing. In both scenarios, one is hyperventilating leading to poor delivery of oxygen to the powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondria.  This leads to poor production of energy, respiratory acidosis and increased blood acidity level

Quality, deep breaths provides the powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondria, with a sufficient amount of oxygen to function properly. The mitochondria is responsible for repairing and maintaining all of the body’s tissues and organs.  

Everything in the body comes back to cellular energy from the air we breathe. When this flow of energy is blocked, it impacts all cellular functions leading alarms being set off (aka., a state of “fight-or-flight”).  For example, if you know your sleep isn’t as good as it could be or you often do not allocate sufficient time for sleep most nights, your cells automatically become void of adequate oxygenation.  The long-term effects of depleted oxygen go far beyond “just feeling tired” to becoming irritable and sick.

Poor sleep quality is often associated with repeated interruptions in breathing and poor blood oxygenation. Cell recuperation and repair become depleted, while inflammation and cancer cell growth increase. A classic example is subclinical to clinical sleep apnea leading to symptoms such as: 

Every breath counts with restorative sleep. On average, blood oxygen levels are usually slightly lower while asleep because the rate of breathing is reduced, which is a natural part of the sleep cycle. While sleep apnea causes marked drops in oxygen levels, smaller drops in oxygen can also be harmful, such as in subclinical sleep apnea. 

Slight imbalances in blood oxygenation over time lead to significant alterations in circadian rhythms, imbalances in body/brain chemistry, interruptions in cardiac and respiratory function, increases in cortisol, blood pressure, and heart rate. The good news is that blood oxygenation (i.e. circulation) can be improved primarily through better supporting the parasympathic nervous system (aka., the automatic part of the nervous system in charge of maintaining all normal physiologic functions). 

In order to boost (aka., turbo charge) blood circulation and better support the parasympathic nervous system, consider circulation therapy via BEMER. BEMER does three simple things extremely well. 

  1. Better Supply of Oxygen to Cells by 30%
  2. Better Supply of Nutrients to Cells
  3. Better Disposal of Metabolic Waste and Detoxification 

Since 1998 the FDA-registered medical device, BEMER, has specialized in electromagnetic energy regulation technology.  BEMER gently assists the heart in delivering blood to the smallest vessels in the body, the arterioles. Its primary goal is to use a pulsed electromagnetic field—abbreviated as PEMF—to deliver a patented therapeutic signal that mimics that of the Earth’s magnetic field. The BEMER signal helps improve the impaired pumping movements of very small vessels and promote needs-based distribution of blood.*

BEMER circulation therapy is changing the way we think about our health, challenging our understanding of the human body, and empowering us to reach optimal physical condition in a natural, non-invasive way. Proper blood flow plays a critical role in our general health.  BEMER vascular therapy can improve healthy microcirculation naturally by laying on the mat for only 8 minutes twice a day or even while sleeping.

We at SF Advanced Health are excited to offer BEMER circulation therapy for our patients since we strongly believe in prevention and empowering patients with tools they can utilize themselves in order to deliver dramatic results. For more than 20 years, the benefits of BEMER have impacted millions of people around the world. It is easy-to-use and non-invasive.  If you are interested in trying out BEMER, contact us to learn more. 


Special Report: “Small Blood Vessels: Big Health Problems?” Read the Special Report from the National Institutes of Health that summarizes their two-day workshop with many of the nation’s top scientists and clinicians from the microvascular field. 

“The Human Microcirculation – Regulation of Flow and Beyond” Read the study that helps explain why microvascular dysfunction is a powerful predictor of cardiovascular events and new approaches for treatment and prevention.

BEMER is a cutting-edge technology to enhance your health in myriad ways. Our expert team of integrative holistic practitioners work with patients suffering from chronic health concerns.  We help them reverse disease by better understanding how the body optimally functions and providing personalized treatment plan.  To learn more and book an appointment, contact Advanced Health or call 1-415-506-9393.


Dr. Bhandari and the Advanced Health Team Are Here to Support Your Health.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This device is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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