Do you or your spouse snore significantly at night? Is your sleep restless? Are you tired all the time? You may want to be checked for sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the repetitive closure of the airway during sleep. Moderate or severe sleep apnea is seen in about 4% of women and 9% of men. Approximately 2 out of 3 individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are obese. Fortunately, just a 10% decrease in weight is associated with a significant improvement in sleep apnea.
Body weight is not just about your appearance or how you feel about yourself, but it also influences your health in many ways. Sleep apnea is just another medical issue that can be improved with weight loss. So along with improvements in blood pressure, cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes, arthritis, GERD, managing your weight can pay dividends in terms of rest and sleep.
In one study called SLEEP AHEAD, 87% of obese diabetic patients had obstructive sleep apnea. And just a 1 cm increase in waist was associated with a 10% increase in obstructive sleep apnea. Lifestyle change alone was effective with decreasing obstructive sleep apnea.
This is just one more reason to lose and manage your weight – to improve your sleep and health!