sleep apnea is a huge problem in this country, and although many people are diagnosed every day, many more still do not know they are affected. The scary part is how serious the implications of apnea can be -- elevated BP, higher risk of stroke and heart attack, and more.
Being overweight is definitely a contributing factor for many apnea sufferers, but slender people can be affected too.
Having a sleep study is critical.
Using a CPAP is ideal, if diagnosed -- but not everyone tolerates them well. I hate mine, passionately. I get claustrophobic every time I put it on!
I tried mouthguards and nasal sprays with no luck. I got a chinstrap from my hubby last Christmas, I think mostly as a joke because I was so down on how everything was failing. I tried it, though, and it actually worked. Check out good-bye-snore (a dot com) for the science behind the chinstrap, which actually retrains your jaw to position correctly during sleep.
Anarie is so right.. poor sleep and weight management are intricately intertwined.
I find that as I lose weight I sleep infinitely better and now I make it a priority to sleep enough. Only rarely do I grapple with insomnia any more... and I'm learning ways to deal with it. I am told I look 14 years younger now that I'm sleeping well (the weight loss doesn't hurt either, but still it is nice!)
I know a lot of obese people who don't sleep well thru the night and consider themselves as having insomnia. Some suffer from GERD and heartburn because of bad eating habits and late night snacking. A lot of folks suffer from apnea and wake themselves up. Some can't sleep thru the night because they have to use the bathroom and then can't fall back to sleep. And a few of my friends can't sleep totally lying down in bed...so they have to sleep in a recliner. Obesity plays a big part in a lot of sleeping problems.
But for a lot of these friends, getting some fresh air and outdoor activity usually seems to improve their sleep
Sheryl from New Jersey, USA... EST
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yes there is a link between obesity and insomnia. Before I had trouble getting to sleep at night. Since I started to take care of myself by losing some of the weight, I get to sleep better. I feel less tired during the day too. I do take a cat nap during the day but not a long one.
Obesity can cause insomnia, AND lack of sleep causes weight gain. People who sleep too little generally weigh more even if they eat the same number of calories as normal sleepers, AND people who sleep too little generally eat more because sleep helps balance the hunger hormones. Good sleep habits and good nutrition and exercise all go hand in hand.
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I've had insomnia, along with my obesity, for years now. Now that I've lost 96-pounds, my sleeping has improved to where I will now sleep through the night (except to get up once to pee), for 6.5-8 hours at a time. AND...I no longer feel sleepy in the day and no longer have a need to "cat nap". Before I lost the weight, I would sleep only 2-3 hours and then wake up.
I also snore but haven't been officially diagnosed with sleep apnea (only because I haven't been to a sleep center to be monitored for that).
Obesity and insomnia ARE linked. Usually, getting rid of obesity will take care of the insomnia...unless there is another reason for the insomnia.
Edited by: ZENANDNOW at: 3/22/2013 (11:00)
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I sleep terribly - wake up multiple times during the night and hear every little thing. Since starting a daily exercise regimen, it has improved. I only wake up a couple of times and seem to sleep a bit sounder.
Lay aside life-harming heaviness and entertain a cheerful disposition.
According to my sisters docter it is. Obese people have a harder rime breathing during the night and it makes for restless sleep. Obese people are more out to get sleep apnea. My sis has that and so does my brother. They sleep with some breathing machine for it. I am scared I will get it as my husband is saying I am snoring now, that is one symptom. I have been with my husband for 25 years and the snoring just started maybe a year and a half ago. I need to take care of myself, I do not want sleep apnea or anything else. could have it now but have not been diagnosed with it as of yet. I do wake up a lot in night but I am able to get back to sleep just fine. I wake up feeling rested, but take short cat naps while watching tv. I also researched this during writing this, and yes obesity has a lot to with how we sleep. A good rule is no matter how tired you are never take over a 20 minute nap it can cause your next night to go haywire too, plus you can wake up from a long nap feeling even more tired. My sis does that, she takes a two hour nap then is tired all day and takes another nap, she only does that on weekends as she works Mon thru Fri. .
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