Sleep Apnea & Its Connection To Obesity
Millions of Americans have trouble getting quality sleep and wake up with extreme daytime fatigue as a result of a common sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. Even though sleep apnea is common it is serious, as it causes a person to stop breathing throughout the night. This results in a decrease of oxygen to the brain, leading to serious sleep disturbances and more serious health problems if left untreated.
A common cause of sleep apnea is being overweight or obese. Those who are obese often have excess soft tissue in the mouth and throat, which can collapse and block the airways while you sleep. While childhood obesity may cause obstructive sleep apnea this problem most commonly occurs in adults.
More than half of those with obstructive sleep apnea are overweight or obese; therefore, there is a very clear and significant link between obesity and sleep apnea. While even moderate weight loss can alleviate symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea, we also understand how challenging it can be to begin a weight loss routine that includes a brand new diet and exercise regimen.
If you aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to losing weight our physician Dr. Patel and her team of dietitians, nurses and other weight loss specialists can create a treatment plan that won’t just help you lose that stubborn weight but will also improve the quality of your sleep.
After all, if sleep apnea has you feel fatigued and exhausted all day the last thing you want to do is get out there and exercise or head to the gym. By creating a practical and realistic weight loss plan that’s catered to your health and needs we provide a simple solution for losing weight and also managing other chronic health problems.
Preventive medicine is always key to good long-term health. Therefore, even those who are obese who aren’t dealing with sleep apnea or other health problems can benefit from following our weight loss plan, which can greatly improve health and safeguard against certain health problems.