The Link Between Sleep Apnea & Body Weight
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious condition that impacts your overall health and quality of life. However, there are ways to ease the severity of this condition leading to reduced symptoms and better quality of life.
Being overweight can also affect your health. Excess weight can quickly take a toll on your joints, cardiovascular system, and confidence. While genetics plays a role, part of the dilemma stems from the troublesome nature of weight loss. And for anyone struggling with OSA, this only adds to the difficulty of weight loss.
As the medical community continues to learn about sleep disorders, several important links to excess body weight and sleep apnea symptoms are prevalent. For example, obesity or being overweight are both risk factors for sleep apnea due to it affecting the way you breathe. Consequently, sleep-apnea health-related issues, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are irritated when overweight.
Learn more about the connection between sleep apnea and your body weight below.
Weight Loss Benefits
Losing weight can be an effective way to reduce your sleep apnea symptoms and help treat your condition. In fact, losing just 10 percent of body weight can provide a huge relief from your symptoms. Maintaining a proper exercise routine combined with a well-balanced diet can help you achieve a healthy weight and reduce the excess tissues around your neck, helping to remove the obstruction in your airway.
Additionally, weight loss can:
- Boost your confidence
- Decrease the risk of other serious health conditions
- Improve your sleep quality
Significant weight loss can also reduce the risks associated with the following health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
Finding Enjoyable Workouts
Working out can be challenging for anyone. While people know it’s necessary for optimal health, other things are at the top of the priority list. Likewise, tracking your progress can be disheartening and overwhelming if you’re not seeing the results you want.
Luckily, there are endless ways to stay active and fit exercise in. One of the most important components of working out is is finding activities you enjoy doing. Incorporating these activities into your lifestyle will help you succeed in your weight loss journey.
Some fun workouts you may enjoy include:
- Jogging on the beach or a scenic area
- Playing your favorite sport
The Importance of a Healthy Diet
In addition to a regular exercise regime, maintaining a well-balanced diet is just as important in your weight loss journey. Committing to a strict diet long-term is difficult and unstainable. That’s why it’s essential to find an effective diet that works well for you and allows you to still enjoy some of your favorite foods.
Research shows that the Mediterranean diet can significantly improve your sleep apnea symptoms and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Plus, it’s a great diet for the heart and has highly favored foods. It adds more vegetables and whole foods into your diet and limits the intake of sweet foods and high-fat foods.
Once you’ve established a workout routine and a well-balanced diet, you’ll start to notice a difference in both your happiness and energy levels.
Establish a Healthy Lifestyle
You don’t have to let sleep apnea or excess weight have control over your life any longer. Dr. Stern and our team of professionals can provide you with a treatment for your sleep apnea and suggest lifestyle changes to help reduce your symptoms. To schedule a consultation at our Willoughby Hills office, call us at (440) 833-6008.