Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Study: Weight Loss Can Alleviate Sleep Apnea

Researchers in Finland recently found that even losing a moderate amount of weight can lead to a reduction in the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Before embarking on any sleep apnea treatment, it’s important to consult a qualified physician who can assess your overall health and make informed recommendations.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the interruption of breathing during sleep because of blockage in the airway, such as overly relaxed muscles in the mouth or throat. According to the Finnish study, patients who lost approximately five percent of their body weight experienced a reduction in the severity of their sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other serious health issues.

Though the link between obesity and sleep apnea is still being examined, weight loss can be beneficial for your health whether you have sleep apnea or not. After you set specific, definable goals, the following keys can help you lose weight healthily:
  • Identifying and consistently remembering the reason you’re losing weight, such as a healthier lifestyle or a more attractive physique
  • Tracking your calorie intake
  • Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Substituting oils, fats, and dairy products with low-fat alternatives
  • Maintaining a regular exercise regimen
  • Talk with friends and family who can encourage and support you while you pursue your weight loss plan
To find out more about sleep apnea treatments, please contact an experienced sleepdoctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 2:27 AM