Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss
Not Just a Dream?
Sleep apnea and weight loss is possible, according to researchers. If
you're experiencing weight gain sleep apnea could be the problem ... for
several reasons. For instance, if you're experiencing disruptive sleep,
production of vital hormones such as ghrelin and leptin can be
"... Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss are Really Related ..."
Here's what a former overweight sleep apnea sufferer wrote:
“I have been dealing with sleep apnea for many years now and I can
tell you that I have been to nearly all of the extremes. When I was
first diagnosed with sleep apnea, I was at the highest weight I had ever
been in my life. I was having trouble sleeping. I would wake up
repeatedly gasping for breath. It was a very scary feeling for both me
and my spouse.
"After visiting the doctor and completing the sleep studies, I began to
understand that sleep apnea and weight loss are really related to one
another. I was experiencing such severe sleep apnea symptoms because of
my weight. I was gaining weight because of my interrupted sleep
“I would wake abruptly because I couldn't breathe and then get
out of bed to calm myself once I regained my breath. I would head to the
refrigerator or freezer and fix myself a snack, sort of my comfort
"I realized after some time and a lot of weight that was added to my already large body that I could
I read many studies that told about how getting a good night sleep would
help me to lose the excess weight that I had been gaining.
“The body creates larger amounts of the
hormones that are responsible for the feeling of being hungry
when it is stressed or tired. I realized that by getting a good seven
straight hours of sleep each night, introducing more physical activity
in my life, and eating foods that are better for me that I was able to
get the rest that I needed.
“This in combination with using my prescribed CPAP machine on a nightly basis put me on the track to improving my health.
"With the help of my CPAP, I started sleeping better. I also began
replacing the unhealthy snacks with quick, more nutritious snacks and
found it to be just as easy. Instead of a bowl of ice cream I now eat a
low fat yogurt or a bowl of cereal with fresh fruit.
“It did take hard work and determination to get where I am today
and I am not anywhere close to being a trim and fit person but I
understand now that I have to manage my sleep apnea in order to keep my
weight down. When my weight is down my
sleep apnea symptoms
are much less as well.
"As I continue to make the necessary life changes I realize that
sleep apnea and weight loss are connected. When I think about my weight
gain sleep apnea certainly has be the culprit. It's [weight control]
working for me and it can work for anyone that wants to take their life
back from being tired and hungry all of the time.”
A Stanford University School of Medicine study confirms that
those who sleep less typically weigh more. So controlled sleep apnea and weight
loss isn't merely a dream, especially if you are willing to make some
Strive for seven to eight hours uninterrupted sleep each night,
use a CPAP especially if you suffer from severe sleep apnea, eat light
nutritious bedtime snacks (only when needed), and get some regular
exercise to overcome your weight gain sleep apnea challenge.
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