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Losing Weight With Obstructive Sleep Apnea
With 2019 just around the corner, many people around the country are already thinking about their upcoming New Year’s resolutions. And one of the most popular resolutions of all time is to lose weight in the coming year.
So if this is your goal, and you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), then feel proud that you are already taking a big step towards improving your health across the board. Both obesity and OSA have similar side effects. Some examples are a lack of energy, as well as similar long-term health risks, such as heart disease. So losing weight when you have OSA will go a long way in improving your health now, and in the years to come.
However, losing weight can be even harder for people with OSA, simply because there are additional hurdles to overcome.
Is your upcoming New Year’s resolution is to lose weight – and you suspect you may be suffering from OSA?
Keep the following tips in mind to achieve success.
5 Tips for Losing Weight with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
1. Get your sleep apnea treated ASAP
If your obstructive sleep apnea is not being treated, then you’re already facing some extra hurdles when it comes to reaching your goal.
Symptoms of OSA include:
- a lack of energy
- an increase in indulgent behavior, (like late-night snacking)
- anxiety and depression, which is also connected with overeating
By addressing your OSA, you can eliminate these potential extra obstacles from the get go.
2. Start moving
With obstructive sleep apnea, (and particularly untreated obstructive sleep apnea), you likely feel lethargic and tired throughout the day.
But one of the best things you can do for both your energy levels and your weight loss goals is to exercise!
So get motivated to get moving – whether it’s by attending a new exercise class, going for a walk, or just taking the stairs at work. When it comes to boosting your energy – and your metabolism – a little movement can go a long way.
3. Watch your timing
Eating before bedtime can both exacerbate your obstructive sleep apnea, (especially when it comes to mucus-producing foods like dairy products or fatty meats), and hurt your weight loss goals.
So try to avoid meals and snacking at least 1-2 hours before bedtime so that your diet, and your obstructive sleep apnea, isn’t affected.
4. Make a plan with a pro
People with obstructive sleep apnea may have special considerations to keep in mind when it comes to eating and weight loss, particularly when it comes to food that will help or hinder your OSA.
As such, it’s important to enlist the assistance of your doctor or a nutritionist to come up with a plan that won’t affect your sleeping disorder.
5. Keep going, and stay on track
It’s not unusual for New Year’s resolutions to fall by the wayside come February, but if you have obstructive sleep apnea and are overweight or obese, the stakes are too high.
So stay motivated, and keep going when it comes to both treating your OSA, and embracing a new and healthy lifestyle. With a little effort, and a modern OSA treatment, you can feel miles better by the time 2020 rolls around.
We wish you best of luck and good health in 2019!