Discovering Sleep Apnea, Finding Your Tribe & Reclaiming Your Life with Emma Cooksey

Episode 48

In this episode I speak with Emma Cooksey the founder of Sleep Apnea Stories Podcast. Emma tells her journey from a overly tired youth and her constant struggles with keeping focus, enjoying life and able to maintain a steady career due to constant exhaustion. Emma shares her discovery steps and a scary moment as a young mother driving that really pushed her to dig into understanding her struggles.

Now Emma shares her story and many others through her podcast Sleep Apnea Stories to help address the large scale challenge of poor sleep and under-diagnosed sleep disorders helping shine a light to aid in living this one live well.

Topics Discussed:

– Poor Sleep & Mental Health Issues

– Scary Moment as a Catalyst for Change

– Reclaiming Your Life

– Negative Effects of Mouthbreathing

– Contributing Factors to Sleep Apnea

– CO2 Tolerance

– Impact of Food on Sleep Apnea

– Optimal Sleep Positions and Aids

– Importance of Breathwork

– Finding Your Tribe (you are not alone)


Instagram: @sleepapneastories

Podcast: Sleep Apnea Stories


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*Anything discussed in this episode is not medical advice and you should always check with a health professional prior to taking any actions.

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On The Rest & Recovery Podcast, you will learn from some of the foremost professionals and experts on the best ways to help you rest & recover. My hope is that you can bring your best self to life in your fitness pursuits, marriage, or as a parent to ensure your one life is lived well. The idea of the podcast came from a personal mission to help bring my best self to all things in my life.

My initial goal was to improve on my fitness pursuits as an endurance runner. However, as I began to examine the various components of my life, I realized some of the challenges started with some bad habits dating back to my 20’s. I would just keep going to work, college, and into late nights with friends with little sleep or consideration for the effects it was having on my body, mind, and spirit. It would always catch up with me and I would end up sick. This didn’t really stop over the years…the burn-out…it just occurred for different reasons.
Yes, I matured…a little… yet now I was married and a growing family with 3 little girls, a corporate job and still trying to pursue endurance sport’s goals. Up until a few years ago, I burned out in every way possible - physically and emotionally and mentally to the point I went into a season of ambiguity, indifference under performance devolving into depression. Since then, I have been on a journey to reclaim my life for myself and my family. This helped me learn about a variety of influencers that can help enable the proper level of rest and recovery to ensure I could show up with strength and stability.

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