How and Why to Lose Weight for Sleep Apnea

fat man measuring himself

I mean, of course losing weight is good for you.  There’s practically no drawbacks other than maybe not being able to be a mall santa come Christmas time.  Did you know that losing weight could completely alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms?  This usually works for people with mild to medium cases of sleep apnea, but no matter how bad your OSA is, it will always help your symptoms.  There’s a reason the stereotype for obstructive sleep apnea is overweight middle-aged men, the extra tissue from their fat blocks the airways during the night.  So when they lose some weight sometimes it can clear that blockage.

But that requires movement…

Yes it does, but if you want to help your symptoms then this is the best way to do it.  Not to mention you’ll have an easier time getting around, better cardiovascular health, longer life expectancy, and an overall better quality of life.  There are actually quite a bit of benefits to weight loss you wouldn’t expect.  However yes, it does require movement.

Good methods of losing weight

Running

Whatever you do don’t start running.  Running is terrible for your knees if you’re overweight.  Since you’re pushing down on one leg at a time all of your weight plus more is braced by your knee, absolutely killing it.  If you’d like to run you could work your way up from  walking which is a lot better on your knees.

Swimming

Other than being relaxing, swimming is great for your heart and let’s be honest, every swimmer (that I’ve seen at least) has a great body.  Plus it’s very easy to increment your distance since you can always just swim one more lap.

Avoiding Soft Drinks

A can of coke has about 150 calories with other brands having similar calorie counts.  Remember, drinking diet soda doesn’t necessarily solve the problem.  That’s a lot of calories and sugar you’re getting that, if substituted with water, would have never entered your system.  Even if you just drink a single can a day, you’re still shaving off around a 150 calories.  Let’s not even go into the caffeine content of these drinks.  Staying up night after night is just terrible for your sleep.