One of the most common causes of sleep apnea is being overweight. According to Harvard Health, losing just 10% of your body weight can improve sleep apnea conditions and in some cases cure it altogether.
At Lifetime Wellness we can share that we’ve had so much success with our weight loss program in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas, and it is not uncommon for our clients to say they sleep much better now. A number of our clients have shared that they don’t use their CPAP machine anymore.
Just what is Sleep Apnea or Sleep Apnoea?
According to Wikipedia, the definition is “Sleep apnea, also spelled sleep apnoea, is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. Each pause can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and they happen many times a night. In the most common form, this follows loud snoring. There may be a choking or snorting sound as breathing resumes. As the disorder disrupts normal sleep, those affected may experience sleepiness or feel tired during the day.”
Even if you haven’t experienced sleep apnea, based on the definition alone you can see why this is such a challenging condition. Not only is it hard for the person who has sleep apnea but it can be difficult for their partner as well. Being woken up by snoring or dealing with a partner who hasn’t slept well and is constantly fatigued or in a bad mood can put a strain on a relationship.
How Does Weight Contribute?
The link between being overweight and having obstructive sleep apnea has been established in the medical and scientific communities. People who are overweight tend to have excess tissue in the back of the throat with can block the air passage when they lay down.
CPAP (Continuous Postive Airway Pressure) Machines help improve sleep apnea but forcing air into the airways to keep them open while you sleep. CPAP machines can bring relief to those who suffer from sleep apnea but they do not cure sleep apnea.
Weight Loss Can Improve Sleep Apnea
We are not telling you to ditch your CPAP machine. Before you do so we encourage you to speak with your trusted medical professional. We do know that losing weight has not only scientifically been proven to help improve or cure sleep apnea but we’ve personally seen our clients experience this as a result of losing weight through our program.
Not only are our clients getting better sleep, but they also say their significant others are getting better sleep too. Many of our clients have been able to stop snoring or discontinue the use of their CPAP machines, leading to a better night sleep for both them and their partner!
Bottom line is our clients not only slim down, but they sleep more soundly and their spouses sleep better because there are no snoring or sleep apnea machine sounds!
Dr. Rafael Foss, BS, DC, D.PSc, founder of the Lifetime Wellness Program, was asked about why the Lifetime Wellness program works so well for folks suffering from sleep apnea.
“We have the best and latest technology based on the latest research, and that’s how we’re able to get the results that we get.
It’s all about eating real food. There are no prepackaged meals, no hormone shots. There’s not even actually exercise required while you’re going through the program.
It’s all about balancing your body and getting the toxins, the poisons out of your system. When you do that, your body begins to function optimally.
Of course, with that comes better sleep, increased energy, better skin, people look and feel younger, their moods and improved, and of course, everybody loses weight.”
Dr. Rafael Foss, BS, DC, D.PSc, Founder of Lifetime Wellness
Your Family Benefits As Well
It’s not just the person suffering from obesity and sleep apnea that benefits from the Lifetime Wellness Program for weight loss. The entire family benefits as well because they get to see and experience the results of someone they love getting healthier. “In fact, we have a guarantee of at least 20 pounds on the program, so it’s a wonderful experience for not just the client, but the entire family starts to get healthy as well,” states Dr. Foss.
Check back for stories from clients who had sleep apnea previous to joining the Lifetime Wellness Program in ‘Does Sleep Apnea Go Away with Weight Loss Part 2‘.