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So this last Tuesday I spent 1 hour in a hyperbaric chamber as an added proactive, and preventive health measure in my life.

HBOT therapy, while an element of danger involved, has been around for 30 years. And it has been instrumental in helping people recover from various injuries as well as a treatment for Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Here's a video that's worthwhile to watch.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TEYTNI9UEo


What brought me to the chamber was a combination of things:

#1) My father was diagnosed with Alzheimers at a young age, just 62 before he lost his mind. I'm 52. So let's just say, I have a fear of losing my mind, but living to 100.

#2) I haven't had "quality" slept in years. In reviewing my health records, I saw as far back as 20 years ago complaining about poor sleep quality. I fall asleep FAST, but according to my wearable devices, I don't get a lot of REM or Deep Sleep. So I do a lot of tossing and turning. BTW, I've been always plagued by nightmares, which I fixed by reducing my sugar intake, especially around bedtime. Now I rarely have nightmares.

#3) I had some memory declines in the last 2 years (which I hear is supposedly normal as you get older) -- like forgetting when a concert was, who I was with, etc.

Anyhow, my first treatment was Tuesday.

I wasn't sure how I'd react to being locked up in a pressurized tube for an hour while wearing an oxygen mask. The procedure is equivalent to deep sea diving about 30 or 40 feet below the water. "Going down" only took about 2 minutes and your ears pop every 10 seconds. Once down at pressurization, you put on your mask and breathe pure oxygen.

I'm happy to say, I found it quite therapeutic, and a nice impetus to meditate and focus on healing.

Afterward, I definitely felt a bit better. However I'm not sure this was because I basically took a small nap in the tube. You always feel better after naps!

Anyhow, what is really interesting is this...

For the next 3 days, I've had the best sleep of my life. I subjectively noticed that I was dreaming a lot more, and much more vividly. So I took a dive into my sleep data which I've accumulated for the last 3 years.

Sure enough, in the last 3 days, I've had the best REM scores (duration) than I had in the last 3 years. On average, I was only getting about 1 hour of REM sleep per night. Since my HBOT session, I've more than doubled that... 2 hours 10m, 2 hours 35m, and 2 hours, 2hrs, 12m.

In the last three years, I've only had a few nights of REM that exceeded 2 hours. And never one that reached 2hrs, 35m.

No other variables have changed in my last 3 sleep nights.

Cognitively speaking, I also noticed a change there too, but still feel like I need more experience/data to truly ascertain if there is a correlation, or simply a placebo.

That said, I'm impressed and I booked 5 more sessions in the tube.

I will report on my experience further.
 
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"Going down" only took about 2 minutes and your ears pop every 10 seconds.

Do you have to equalize your ears yourself or it is so slow that it happens naturally?

Once down at pressurization, you put on your mask and breathe pure oxygen.

Any resources/thoughts on the risk of your body getting used to breathing pure oxygen and then performing worse in everyday life? Not sure how it works, just curious if it can lead to a kind of an "addiction."
 

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how does your deep sleep data look?
 
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how does your deep sleep data look?

I posted my experience, did you not see it?

I barely average 2 hours of cumulative DEEP sleep and REM, since using a device to track sleep.
 
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I have been seriously considering this, I have had post-covid symptoms for the last 6 months. I've seen multiple people reporting benifits from this. Thanks for posting, I'll give it a try.

I wonder if health insurance will cover this.

Do they recommend a specific frequency for treatment?
 
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Do they recommend a specific frequency for treatment?

Yes, several times per week. I can't do that though because my facility is short-staffed. Right now I'm doing 1 per week, which based on my research, seriously erodes the effects. So I might put it on pause, until I can go at least 2X per week.

Do you have to equalize your ears yourself or it is so slow that it happens naturally?



Any resources/thoughts on the risk of your body getting used to breathing pure oxygen and then performing worse in everyday life? Not sure how it works, just curious if it can lead to a kind of an "addiction."

Yes, I have to swallow to pop the ears. It also equalized on its own without doing so.

As for resources, I didn't see anything that indicated it was addictive, or ruined performance after.
 

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So this last Tuesday I spent 1 hour in a hyperbaric chamber as an added proactive, and preventive health measure in my life.

HBOT therapy, while an element of danger involved, has been around for 30 years. And it has been instrumental in helping people recover from various injuries as well as a treatment for Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Here's a video that's worthwhile to watch.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TEYTNI9UEo


What brought me to the chamber was a combination of things:

#1) My father was diagnosed with Alzheimers at a young age, just 62 before he lost his mind. I'm 52. So let's just say, I have a fear of losing my mind, but living to 100.

#2) I haven't had "quality" slept in years. In reviewing my health records, I saw as far back as 20 years ago complaining about poor sleep quality. I fall asleep FAST, but according to my wearable devices, I don't get a lot of REM or Deep Sleep. So I do a lot of tossing and turning. BTW, I've been always plagued by nightmares, which I fixed by reducing my sugar intake, especially around bedtime. Now I rarely have nightmares.

#3) I had some memory declines in the last 2 years (which I hear is supposedly normal as you get older) -- like forgetting when a concert was, who I was with, etc.

Anyhow, my first treatment was Tuesday.

I wasn't sure how I'd react to being locked up in a pressurized tube for an hour while wearing an oxygen mask. The procedure is equivalent to deep sea diving about 30 or 40 feet below the water. "Going down" only took about 2 minutes and your ears pop every 10 seconds. Once down at pressurization, you put on your mask and breathe pure oxygen.

I'm happy to say, I found it quite therapeutic, and a nice impetus to meditate and focus on healing.

Afterward, I definitely felt a bit better. However I'm not sure this was because I basically took a small nap in the tube. You always feel better after naps!

Anyhow, what is really interesting is this...

For the next 3 days, I've had the best sleep of my life. I subjectively noticed that I was dreaming a lot more, and much more vividly. So I took a dive into my sleep data which I've accumulated for the last 3 years.

Sure enough, in the last 3 days, I've had the best REM scores (duration) than I had in the last 3 years. On average, I was only getting about 1 hour of REM sleep per night. Since my HBOT session, I've more than doubled that... 2 hours 10m, 2 hours 35m, and 2 hours, 2hrs, 12m.

In the last three years, I've only had a few nights of REM that exceeded 2 hours. And never one that reached 2hrs, 35m.

No other variables have changed in my last 3 sleep nights.

Cognitively speaking, I also noticed a change there too, but still feel like I need more experience/data to truly ascertain if there is a correlation, or simply a placebo.

That said, I'm impressed and I booked 5 more sessions in the tube.

I will report on my experience further.

Unrelated to the chamber but did you ever try weighted blankets?
 
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Hey I've been ranting about this, glad to know you tried it and found it valuable, looking foward to more updates, nice !
 

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So this last Tuesday I spent 1 hour in a hyperbaric chamber as an added proactive, and preventive health measure in my life.

HBOT therapy, while an element of danger involved, has been around for 30 years. And it has been instrumental in helping people recover from various injuries as well as a treatment for Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Here's a video that's worthwhile to watch.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TEYTNI9UEo


What brought me to the chamber was a combination of things:

#1) My father was diagnosed with Alzheimers at a young age, just 62 before he lost his mind. I'm 52. So let's just say, I have a fear of losing my mind, but living to 100.

#2) I haven't had "quality" slept in years. In reviewing my health records, I saw as far back as 20 years ago complaining about poor sleep quality. I fall asleep FAST, but according to my wearable devices, I don't get a lot of REM or Deep Sleep. So I do a lot of tossing and turning. BTW, I've been always plagued by nightmares, which I fixed by reducing my sugar intake, especially around bedtime. Now I rarely have nightmares.

#3) I had some memory declines in the last 2 years (which I hear is supposedly normal as you get older) -- like forgetting when a concert was, who I was with, etc.

Anyhow, my first treatment was Tuesday.

I wasn't sure how I'd react to being locked up in a pressurized tube for an hour while wearing an oxygen mask. The procedure is equivalent to deep sea diving about 30 or 40 feet below the water. "Going down" only took about 2 minutes and your ears pop every 10 seconds. Once down at pressurization, you put on your mask and breathe pure oxygen.

I'm happy to say, I found it quite therapeutic, and a nice impetus to meditate and focus on healing.

Afterward, I definitely felt a bit better. However I'm not sure this was because I basically took a small nap in the tube. You always feel better after naps!

Anyhow, what is really interesting is this...

For the next 3 days, I've had the best sleep of my life. I subjectively noticed that I was dreaming a lot more, and much more vividly. So I took a dive into my sleep data which I've accumulated for the last 3 years.

Sure enough, in the last 3 days, I've had the best REM scores (duration) than I had in the last 3 years. On average, I was only getting about 1 hour of REM sleep per night. Since my HBOT session, I've more than doubled that... 2 hours 10m, 2 hours 35m, and 2 hours, 2hrs, 12m.

In the last three years, I've only had a few nights of REM that exceeded 2 hours. And never one that reached 2hrs, 35m.

No other variables have changed in my last 3 sleep nights.

Cognitively speaking, I also noticed a change there too, but still feel like I need more experience/data to truly ascertain if there is a correlation, or simply a placebo.

That said, I'm impressed and I booked 5 more sessions in the tube.

I will report on my experience further.
I had no Idea we were so close in age.
 
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Yes, several times per week. I can't do that though because my facility is short-staffed. Right now I'm doing 1 per week, which based on my research, seriously erodes the effects. So I might put it on pause, until I can go at least 2X per week.



Yes, I have to swallow to pop the ears. It also equalized on its own without doing so.

As for resources, I didn't see anything that indicated it was addictive, or ruined performance after.
Pilots often chew gum for this reason, but I guess you can't do that lying down. Maybe pilots have some other tricks.
 

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Pilots often chew gum for this reason, but I guess you can't do that lying down. Maybe pilots have some other tricks.
I do scuba diving. Close your mouth and hold your nose, then try and breath out. Best trick to equalize your ears.
 
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I was in an oxygen chamber 5 years ago when I was visiting a relative abroad, who had 4 small chambers, where the water slowly entered until it covered you completely. From what you tell here, it's a different kind of oxygen chamber, and what you experienced is much stronger too. In my case it was only once. I cannot contribute anything except that it was very relaxing. I also took a nap. If the client wanted it, the water could be ionized, or minerals added.

Yoga practitioner, deep breathing, I am a total fan of a well-oxygenated brain and its benefits.

It is also a business opportunity for those who can set up a therapeutic clinic. Maybe @Kokaka?

Following the thread. I am interested in knowing the results you will get from the therapy.
 

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CE0D53F4-812F-41C2-8F3D-E088628768C1.jpegI track my sleep, and typically sleep well. This is from last night.

Never tried hyperbolic chamber, but is it reasonable to assume it’ll have similar to Wim Hoff effects? It seems very “medical treatment” to do it frequently. But will look into it.

Health is important to me, I’m always trying to learn. @MJ DeMarco is there any medical reason you slept so poorly before? Have you tried any other methods to improve sleep?

Only two things ruin my sleep:
  1. Anxiety from stress (typically if I have a large business deal …)
  2. My kid waking us up (sick or whatever)

Exercise daily helps control the 1st. and I sometimes take CBD oil.
 

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is there any medical reason you slept so poorly before? Have you tried any other methods to improve sleep?

I have no idea, but in looking at my medical records, I've been complaining about it for decades.

I've tried many methods...

CBD, Weed, Magnesium, Benadryl, Ambien, lymphatic message, infared sauna, caffeine abstinence, hot tub, a lot of things.

To be honest, in the last few years my sleep has dramatically improved (less nightmares, easy to fall asleep), but I still don't get a lot of REM or Deep.

Several days after HBOT was incredibly eye opening, not for the scores, but how I felt after.

What device do you use to track sleep ?

I’m using a FITBIT, but I suspect it isn’t as accurate as it needs the be.

This is from last night.

Wow, in all the years I've been tracking, I never had a score like that.

Unrelated to the chamber but did you ever try weighted blankets?

No, but I will. I like the sound of it.
 
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Glad to see topics like these.

I’d very much like to be as open minded to try such things. Without this kind of attitude, you miss lots of possible experiences.

I’d be terrified though :rofl:But then again, I’m scared to take stomach pills that are also antipsychotic so….

How do you sleep when you’re exhausted?
 

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I have no idea, but in looking at my medical records, I've been complaining about it for decades.
What's up MJ,

I think you should try taking daily naps (siesta) around lunch time. Avoid eating anything 5-6 hours before bedtime. No screen time (phone, laptop, etc) two hours before bed and an hour after. Light/quick shower before bed. And sleeping on your right side with your hand under your cheek.
(sleeping on your right side puts the least pressure on your heart vs other positions. It also stabilizes your blood pressure and heart rate)

These are just some tips I think you should try for a better nights sleep.
 

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Unrelated to the chamber but did you ever try weighted blankets?

I tried this last night and didn't really like it, however, I did get a better than average sleep score. So I will continue onward with it...

What's up MJ,

I think you should try taking daily naps (siesta) around lunch time. Avoid eating anything 5-6 hours before bedtime. No screen time (phone, laptop, etc) two hours before bed and an hour after. Light/quick shower before bed. And sleeping on your right side with your hand under your cheek.
(sleeping on your right side puts the least pressure on your heart vs other positions. It also stabilizes your blood pressure and heart rate)

These are just some tips I think you should try for a better nights sleep.

I already do most of this minus the siesta. Thanks for sharing.
 
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I tried this last night and didn't really like it, however, I did get a better than average sleep score. So I will continue onward with it...



I already do most of this minus the siesta. Thanks for sharing.
Interestingly, I sleep like shit in Colorado where I’m at 10,000 ft. A lot of people sleep poorly at high altitude, presumably due to less oxygen in the air.

It does get better throughout the summer. I’m wondering if that’s because my body acclimatizes after a month or two.

Then I go back to Phoenix and sleep really well. I’ll have to notice if that lasts only until my red blood cells go back to normal.

Is your place in SLC at a higher altitude than Phx?

Update: just pulled my Oura ring data from last year and I sleep pretty much the same in Phx and Colorado. ‍

Dark blue is deep sleep
Blue is light sleep
Light blue is rem
White is awake (the ring thinks I’m awake but I move around a lot but am not awake during this time)
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Is your place in SLC at a higher altitude than Phx?

Yes, I think we're at 4000 elevation. However this sleep thing has been going on long before I moved here.
 

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Have 3 sessions in the next 10 days. Had one yesterday and once again slept far above my average baseline.

Looks like I can buy my own personal Hyperbaric system for my home for about $20k. I'll drop that in a second if I continue to experience positive effects.
 
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Have 3 sessions in the next 10 days. Had one yesterday and once again slept far above my average baseline.

Looks like I can buy my own personal Hyperbaric system for my home for about $20k. I'll drop that in a second if I continue to experience positive effects.

Careful, that’s how pro cyclists started doping … look where it got Lance!

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Careful, that’s how pro cyclists started doping … look where it got Lance!

Not familiar with his doping backstory, is that what he claimed? He was doing HBOT treatments?
 

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Not familiar with his doping backstory, is that what he claimed? He was doing HBOT treatments?
I was just going for the humor of it, MJ. I have no idea how he was actually doping. :)
 
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