Sleep Apnea and Weight Control


A high number of those dealing with sleep apnea have problems with excess weight.

In mild sleep apnea, a weight loss in excess of thirty pounds can reverse sleep apnea symptoms for some people. Check with your doctor to see if this is an option for you. Your CPAP unit pressure may need to be changed with weight loss or gain of more than thirty pounds. If this occurs, check with the sleep specialist who will adjust the pressure if needed.

With sleep apnea you may have a hard time losing weight. You may snack when you feel tired or sleepy to increase your energy. Due to a lack of energy, it is easy to avoid exercise and healthy food choices. You can gain excess weight over time. Along with the added weight come feelings of failure, poor self-image and depression.

Any weight loss will help you feel better about yourself and help you be more active. Some people find it easier to lose weight once CPAP therapy is started.