Increasingly, there is more public awareness of how engaging in lifestyle changes can prevent or reverse health conditions across the medical spectrum, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These same lifestyle changes can have a nice economic benefit as well - lowered healthcare costs! So let’s dive in discuss the role of lifestyle changes in treating sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea and Diet
Sleep apnea exercises are a hot topic for those who want to try non-invasive (and free!) lifestyle adjustments to reduce the severity of their breathing and sleep disorders. If you are serious about treating your loud snoring or obstructive sleep apnea more holistically, exercises can definitely help!
People with excess body weight are at an increased risk for sleep apnea, so it makes sense that a doctor would recommend weight loss to combat this disorder. That seems fairly straightforward right? But here’s the problem: sleep deprivation makes it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
Let’s talk about sleep and the world’s favorite final bite of the night - dessert. The weight gain and cardiovascular effects of overindulgence in sugar and carbohydrates are well known, but could they also be disturbing your sleep? To find the answer, let’s explore the results of sleep studies that found connections between sugar intake and sleep problems - and vice versa.