The Relationship Between Your Weight and OSA
Obesity is an unfortunate condition that affects nearly 160 million Americans today. Losing any excess amount of weight can be difficult and easy to give up on, yet the outcome can be life-changing if accomplished.
For those who suffer from sleep apnea, losing weight may not come as easily, and diet adjustments and additional exercises aren’t always the most enticing. However, being overweight can increase your risk for sleep apnea because it impacts your ability to breathe properly at night.
Obesity may also put you at higher risk for other health complications like heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, which are all closely related to sleep apnea. Additionally, poor sleep quality can even encourage weight gain because you’ll feel too tired to work out or too lazy to prepare a nutritious meal.
Dr. Rice wants our Brentwood patients to consider certain lifestyle changes to not only alleviate their symptoms of sleep apnea but to improve their overall health and quality of life as well.
The Benefits of Weight Loss
Losing weight is a tedious game that doesn’t allow you to reach your end goal when you want to. Many people think that if they exercise and eat healthy for a week, they’ll instantly drop ten pounds. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case– weight loss is a long-term commitment that will take time and patience.
By losing weight, you’re not only going to see an overall improvement in your health and well-being, but you’ll also notice relief from your sleep apnea symptoms. You’ll notice yourself sleeping through the night without any interruptions and you’ll even find yourself to be more lively during the day.
Find a Fun Exercise
Obesity is such a big problem in America because the majority of people are too lazy to exercise, don’t feel comfortable going to a gym or workout class, or are just entirely unsure how to exercise best for their body. Exercising doesn’t have to be a chore. There are many fun and different ways to get a good workout in without being bored, exhausted, or uncomfortable.
If you’re a bit timid about going to the gym or hate trying to figure out the weight machines, try out some of these fun exercises that can even be accompanied by a friend:
- Walk/jog on the beach
There’s no need to make excuses for bettering your health. By exercising for just as little as an hour each day, you’ll gradually notice an improvement in your overall health, your energy, and your sleep apnea.
Discover a New Diet
When combined with substantial exercise, eating a well-balanced diet can be a huge benefit to your health as you strive to lose weight. Finding a diet that suits your lifestyle, rather than following one that’s impossible to accomplish, will be the most effective and favorable for you and your goals.
Researchers have found that following a food plan as easy as the Mediterranean diet can help improve symptoms of sleep apnea while also helping you maintain good health. The Mediterranean diet includes a considerable amount of foods we enjoy eating such as nuts, cheese, eggs, protein, fruits, veggies, and more.
Remember to make meals that you know you’ll like and know you’ll want to eat. This will help keep you focused on maintaining a nutritious diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goals, relieve your sleep apnea, and enhance your health.