The Effects of Obesity
Taking care of your body and staying healthy can be a constant struggle for many people today. It’s much easier to gain weight than lose it which is why nearly 40% of American adults are obese and this number continues to grow. For sufferers of sleep apnea, obesity is even more common and it can be much harder to overcome.
Sleep apnea and weight go hand in hand with each other. Overweight men and women are generally at a much higher risk for sleep apnea because it can easily affect a person’s ability to breathe. If your neck circumference is larger due to obesity, your airway is much narrower and can easily be blocked by something that interrupts your breathing pattern.
You may also gain more weight when suffering from sleep apnea because lack of quality sleep can make you much lazier during the day and discourage you from working out or eating healthy. Dr. Pearson can help you discover more enjoyable ways to exercise and eat better so you can avoid the potential risk of weight gain or lose any excess weight you already have.
CPAP Can Generate Weight Gain
A CPAP mask can cause a sleep apnea sufferer to feel uncomfortable and restricted at night. Many stop using their machine throughout the night or stop treatment altogether because they can’t deal with its noise and inconvenience.
Weight gain has also been associated with the use of CPAP. In a study that looked at thousands of sleep apnea patients, those who used CPAP regularly saw an increase in their body mass index. Gaining weight from CPAP is another key reason why many patients seek alternatives.
The Benefits of Losing Weight
Weight loss is a long-term commitment that you must realize will take time. It isn’t something that will drastically happen overnight and requires a lot of patience and desire. Losing weight can be a powerful tool that helps diminish sleep apnea symptoms, and improves your general health overall.
Obesity can lead to more complicated health risks such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and more, which are all closely related to sleep apnea as well. By taking the initiative to lose your excess weight, you’ll soon become a healthier you and it can even save your life.
Discover Fun Ways to Exercise
One of the main reasons why the obesity rate is growing is because many people don’t want to workout. Most Americans prefer to stay home, watch TV, or be on their phones which means they’re not getting in the right amount of physical activity each day.
Although working out often seems like a chore and can even be uncomfortable for some people, it can help you regain your confidence, boost your energy, and improve your sleep. Today there are so many different ways to exercise, which can make losing weight much easier and more enjoyable.
Some different types of exercises you can try if you don’t love going to the gym, running, or lifting heavy weights, include:
- Dancing or aerobics
- Walking on the beach
- Playing your favorite sport
Follow a Balanced Diet
Another key contributor to weight loss is eating the right foods for your body. Everyone is built differently and one diet plan may be better for you than it is for someone else. It’s important to do your best to consume fresh, nutritious foods for your everyday meals to ensure you’re followed a well-balanced diet.
Researchers have found that even a simple diet like the Mediterranean can help you lose weight and even relieve your sleep apnea symptoms. This diet is easy to follow because it includes all the foods we generally love and is a perfect balance of each food group.
It’s always best to make sure you’re not making your eating routine too difficult to follow. If you find yourself dreading to eat your meals, it’s likely you won’t stick to a good diet which will result in you regaining your lost weight.
Remember to find which nutritious foods you enjoy and try to portion your meals. This will help ensure you maintain a balanced diet and you’ll even see a weight change sooner than expected.