sleep apnea

Research: The relationship between weight change and daytime sleepiness

Increased weight tied to daytime sleepiness

Medical providers and researchers have long known that there is a relationship between obesity and sleep apnea and that sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness or drowsiness.  This finding is now known to be due with increased floppiness of the airway and thickness of the tissue on the chest and airways.  The fact is that daytime somnolence cannot always be explained by obstructive sleep apnea.  This fact would make one think that weight gain may be associated with day time sleepiness with or without obstructive sleep apnea, but the evidence was lacking.  

 

Research: CPAP and Weight loss

Will CPAP Use help with Weight Loss?

Obesity is an important risk factor for the development of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and we know that weight loss can reduce apnea severity or even lead to a resolution in some patients.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic condition that is characterized by repeated episodes of airway collapse while breathing.  These collapses are often associated with snoring and intermittent low levels of oxygen or hypoxia. 

 

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