Sleep Apnea

Do you wake up feeling tired? Have brain fog during the day? Does your significant other complain about your snoring? You could have Sleep Apnea; the good news is by changing your lifestyle and losing weight these symptoms can become a thing of the past.

Obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of heart failure by 140%, the risk of stroke by 60%, and the risk of coronary heart disease by 30%.

What is it?

Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

What are the side effects?

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heart-beats, and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches
  • Swollen legs, shortness of breath
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems
  • Increase in all-cause mortality
  • Suppresses the immune system
  • Waking up feeling tired
  • Brain fog

Not only can sleep apnea kill you, it can absolutely destroy your quality of life.

By maintaining a healthy weight, sleep apnea and other obesity-related disorders can be potentially avoided completely. By losing 5-10% (that’s 10-20lbs for a 200lb person) of your bodyweight you can reduce the severity of sleep apnea.

Lifestyle changes are effective ways of reducing symptoms of Sleep Apnea. Here are some tips that may help reduce Apnea severity:

  1. Lose weight
    1.  If you are overweight, this is the most important action you can take to cure your sleep apnea
  2. Set a regular sleep schedule
    1.  Allow for at least 8 hours of sleep each night
  3. Be aware of your Circadian rhythms
    1. Daylight acts as a trigger for circadian rhythms
      1. expose you skin to sunlight soon after waking
      1. avoid light exposure 1 hour before bed
  4. Avoid alcohol
    1. it disrupts your natural sleep cycle, and makes the upper airway breathing muscles relax.
  5. Quit smoking. 
    1. Cigarette smoking worsens swelling in the upper airway, making apnea (and snoring) worse.
  6. Try sleeping on your side
    1. Some patients with mild sleep apnea or heavy snoring have fewer breathing problems when they are lying on their sides instead of their backs.

How does being overweight impact Sleep Apnea?

Excess body weight contributes to sleep apnea by causing increased pressure on upper airways.

Neck circumference greater than 17 inches for men and 16 inches for women raise the risk of both obesity and sleep apnea.

Waist measurements equal to or greater than 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women also raise the risk factor.

Sleep Apnea is associated with increased neck girth, have you ever noticed that when you lose weight you notice it in your face and neck first, that is because your neck girth is decreasing as your body metabolizes fat. The increased neck girth causes crowding of the air passage to the lungs. As your neck girth decreases you likely will see improvements in sleep apnea and snoring.

Sleep affects how your body uses calories and how your body uses energy to perform work.

When you get less sleep quality your body releases a hormone called ghrelin, which increase appetite and decrease metabolic rate, a dieter’s worst nightmare.

Sleep Apnea can be drastically improved by losing weight and being mindful of your sleeping habits and circadian rhythms. Start your weight loss journey today and start to look and feel better as you improve your overall health and well being.

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