Sleep apnea is a condition that many have to deal with on a nightly basis. Those affected by the condition have trouble breathing throughout the night, which then affects the quality of their sleep, not to mention the sleep of those around them as they often make load snoring or snorting noises. However, new research suggests that weight loss can be a long-term and lasting solution for those who are overweight and/or obese and suffer from sleep apnea.
The prospect of weight loss helping sleep apnea is not all that new. In fact, since around 2009 there have been several well noted studies conducted with remarkable results. In one case, 58% of participants had better sleep thanks to a calorie restrictive diet that saw them lose an average of 40 pounds over nine weeks.
Another study showed a 47% improvement in participants. They too were on a calorie restrictive diet. There were even 10% of those who needed no further treatment for their sleep apnea.
Losing Weight and Needing to Keep it Off
Most of the research that has been conducted in regards to sleep apnea and weight loss has participants on very extreme calorie restrictive diets. These diets have the participants consuming as little as 500 per day all the way up to 1,500 per day. In any case, that is a very low number of calories, especially for those who are obese and used to a very high daily caloric intake.
This type of calorie restriction would be all but impossible to maintain for the long-term, but if those who find help with their sleep apnea through weight loss gain that weight back, the symptoms likely return as well. Herein lies the challenge of losing weight and keeping it off. The good news is there is a way to achieve weight loss, help your sleep apnea, and keep things that way.
Commit to do it Right
If you are struggling with sleep apnea and are overweight or obese, there is a solution for you that does not take your calories down to 500 per day. The answer is a commitment to a whole new lifestyle. This means committing to lose weight by incorporating proper diet and exercise in your daily life. While one without the other will give you some results, only combining the two elements will allow you to lose weight the right way, which will mean the weight will be far more likely to stay off in the long-term.
So, sleep apnea can be beat, it just takes determination to lose weight. While this may be a big step for you, your sleep, and the sleep of those around you, may be at stake.