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Dr. Dylan Petkus | Sleeping Safely: Understanding and Managing Risks Associated with CPAP Therapy for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Dylan Petkus overcame his own struggle with severe sleep apnea by optimizing his health through natural lifestyle measures. After finding success, he devoted his career to empowering patients to manage sleep apnea through alternative therapies.


Dr. Petkus earned his Master’s of Science at Penn State University and his Master’s in Public Health and Medical Degree from the University of Miami. He is an award winning research and peer-reviewed published author. He helps patients improve sleep by addressing root causes like diet, exercise, stress levels, and posture alignment. His treatment plans utilize holistic modalities like nutrition counseling, mind-body therapies, circadian rhythm alignment, environmental optimization, and supplements to optimize mitochondria. And, he also helps optimize the breathing of his patients to improve breathing at night. 


As a former sufferer of sleep apnea himself, Dr. Petkus is deeply familiar with the exhaustion and health risks caused by untreated sleep apnea. His integrative techniques have helped hundreds restore restful nights without CPAP or oral devices. Patients appreciate his blend of clinical expertise and personal understanding. Dr. Petkus aims to spread awareness that quality sleep is foundational to health and can be transformed without prescription drugs or devices.


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00:00 Introduction and Background

03:00 Misconceptions about Sleep Apnea

08:45 The Limitations of CPAP

16:15 The Dangers of Cutting Out CPAP Cold Turkey

19:52 Lowering CPAP Pressure and Getting Off CPAP

32:46 Addressing Breathing Mechanics

39:29 Retraining Breathing and Increasing CO2 Tolerance

43:07 Introduction to Breathwork and Wim Hof Method

45:36 Potential Issues with Cold Turkey CPAP Discontinuation

47:42 Tracking Sleep and Oxygenation with Devices

51:11 Importance of Optimal Circadian Rhythm for Sleep and Sleep Apnea



  • Sleep apnea is not solely caused by weight issues and can be influenced by metabolic factors.

  • Abruptly stopping CPAP therapy can be dangerous, and it is important to gradually reduce pressure under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

  • Addressing breathing mechanics and increasing CO2 tolerance can help reduce the need for CPAP therapy.

  • Lowering inflammation, improving facial structure, and retraining breathing can potentially alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. Gradually work up to more intense breathwork practices like the Wim Hof Method

  • Abruptly discontinuing CPAP therapy can lead to adverse health effects

  • Sleep tracking devices can provide helpful insights into sleep quality and trends

  • Maintaining an optimal circadian rhythm is crucial for managing sleep apnea and overall sleep health



Dr. Dylan Petkus discusses sleep apnea, its misconceptions, and the limitations of CPAP therapy. He explains that sleep apnea is not solely caused by weight issues and that there are metabolic factors at play. Dr. Petkus also highlights the dangers of abruptly stopping CPAP therapy and the importance of gradually reducing pressure. He emphasizes the role of breathing mechanics and increasing CO2 tolerance in addressing sleep apnea. By lowering inflammation, improving facial structure, and retraining breathing, individuals can potentially reduce or eliminate the need for CPAP therapy. In this conversation, Dr. Dylan Petkus discusses various topics related to sleep apnea and sleep health. He explains the benefits and potential risks of breathwork, particularly the Wim Hof Method. He also advises against abruptly discontinuing CPAP therapy and highlights the importance of gradually decreasing pressure. Dr. Petkus recommends using sleep tracking devices like the Aura Ring to monitor sleep quality and trends. He also emphasizes the significance of maintaining an optimal circadian rhythm for overall sleep health and managing sleep apnea.



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