Patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, specifically obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), are often (but not always) obese or overweight as well. The connection between sleep apnea and excessive weight has to do with fat deposits within the neck and throat area which can put pressure on the airway, occasionally causing it to collapse and cause blockage within the airway. While sleep apnea treatment such as oral appliance therapy and CPAP do exist, naturally patients suffering from OSA along with obesity may also find help in weight-loss.
However, here within lies the problem, as those with untreated sleep apnea often feel tired, drowsy, and unmotivated to get involved in any sort of exercise. Sleep apnea is known to cause day-time sleepiness which often deters a sleep apneic from doing anything outside of his/her normal routine. Sleep deprivation and overall drowsiness contributes to low energy levels, which usually means little to no exercise happens. Instead, sleep apneics are more prone to look for a quick pick-me-up, so they eat (usually unhealthy foods that are high in sugar), which causes additional weight gain.
The important thing to remember when it comes to treating sleep apnea is that the cause must be first diagnosed and treated before any symptoms can be fixed. In some cases, sleep apnea may cause obesity, in other cases obesity my cause sleep apnea. The ideal way to tackle both problems is to use common sleep apnea treatments which then allow the patient to have more energy and drive to exercise in order to lose weight.
If you suffer from both obesity and sleep apnea it’s important that you are able to get the treatment you need. With the use of a CPAP machine or oral appliance therapy, you will find that you feel much more rested and awake during the day. As your energy levels continue to grow and your sluggish feelings diminish, you can then work towards building an exercise schedule that will allow you to lose weight to further treat your sleep apnea. Come to Dr. Berry’s dental office today to get sleep apnea treatment to improve your life! Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today!