Having untreated sleep apnea can affect your ability to lose weight. Yet it has also been said that losing weight can make a positive impact on your sleep apnea. So it is safe to say that sleep apnea and weight issues are linked.
Here is what you need to know about sleep apnea, CPAP, and weight loss.
Sleep apnea means that your airways become blocked temporarily while you sleep. These short but frequent interruptions will prevent you from having a restful sleep. Over time, you will feel the effects of these poor sleeps. Irritation, an inability to focus, feeling constantly fatigued, headaches, higher blood pressure, and even an increased risk of heart attack or stroke are all possibilities when you have sleep apnea. Having sleep apnea also effects your hormone levels and this can cause you to feel more hungry and struggle to stop eating when full. Sleep disorders in general may also cause you to crave sweeter less healthy foods.
Additionally, the constant fatigue will discourage you from exercising – you are just too tired! And over time, that lack of exercise could show up as an additional contributor to an increase in your weight. The good news is that your CPAP machine can help. It opens your airways while you sleep, allowing you to get better sleeps. Feeling rested increases your energy levels, which can help you want to exercise, and follow through. Treating your sleep apnea will also help your hormone levels normalize which will help you lose weight as well.
Be sure to use your CPAP machine, not just to improve your sleep, but to help you lose weight, and be healthier overall.
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