Sleep Apnea & Your Weight

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The Correlation Between Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain

Many people in America struggle with their weight on a daily basis, so knowing what causes weight gain is crucial. One of the factors that can cause your waistline to increase is lack of sleep. When you have trouble falling asleep due to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, you may be more likely to reach for a snack late at night or be too tired to go to the gym the next day.

On the other hand, people who are overweight are more likely to develop sleep apnea. This is because when you gain weight, you develop excess tissue around your throat and base of the tongue. Also, obesity can make it harder for you to breathe due to obstructions in your airway.

Do CPAP Masks Contribute to Weight Gain?

While some people have found CPAP to be effective, many find it to be loud and intrusive. In fact, these patients complain that the restrictive mask and loud machine makes it hard for them to fall asleep and stay asleep.

After extensive research, a study found that patients who used CPAP to treat their sleep apnea saw an increase in their BMI. This was due to the fact that CPAP was ineffective for these users and wasn’t curing their condition.

Relieving Your Symptoms Through Weight Loss

Losing weight can reduce your sleep apnea symptoms, and can also help treat your condition. Exercising and eating healthy can help you achieve a healthy weight and reduce excess tissues around your neck, helping to remove the obstruction blocking your airway.

In addition to helping reduce sleep apnea, losing weight also minimizes your risk of serious health problems that are linked to the condition. These include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Making Exercise Enjoyable

Exercising isn’t always on everyone’s list of top priorities. While they know they should be doing it, there’s other things like going out to eat or spending time with friends that they’d rather be doing. Workouts can be long and exhausting if you’re not enjoying them.

Luckily, there are endless ways to stay active and get your exercise in. Finding the workout that fits best for your lifestyle will help you be more successful with losing weight. Consider joining a sports team, finding a workout buddy, or taking a fitness class if you’re looking for a way to make working out fun.


Eating Healthy To Reduce Weight Gain

Besides exercising, consistently eating a healthy diet is the best way to lose excess weight and manage sleep apnea symptoms. It’s not only helpful to watch how much you eat but also what kinds of foods you eat.

Committing to a strict diet long-term can be difficult and not enjoyable. That’s why it’s important to find a diet that will be effective for you and allows you to still eat some of your favorite foods.

We recommend trying the Mediterranean diet. It allows you to eat a wide variety of foods, but in moderation. It focuses on eating more whole grains and veggies and eating fewer sweets and foods that are high in fat. Studies even show that this diet can reduce sleep apnea symptoms, as well as health conditions such as heart disease and cancer.

Contact Dr. Aldrich in Salem, OR

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, working out and eating healthy are great ways to reduce your symptoms. Contact us at (503) 391-9558.


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