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What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

Find out how sleep apnea could be making it more challenging to lose that stubborn weight. 

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that causes the tissue in the back of the throat to collapse, which results in pauses in breathing throughout the course of the night. Sleep apnea can range from mild to serious symptoms; however, regardless of the severity of the symptoms, sleep apnea should always be properly treated. Here at CGA Surgical & Weight Loss Specialists, our weight loss specialist and board-certified surgeon Dr. Chukwuma Apakama of the DFW area sees a lot of obese and overweight patients also dealing with other health problems as a result of unrecognized and untreated sleep apnea.

Your Weight’s Impact on Sleep Apnea 

There are certain factors that can increase someone’s risk for developing sleep apnea. In fact, being overweight or obese can greatly increase your odds of sleep apnea. This is because there is excess fat around the neck, which can more easily block the airways while you sleep. This is also what could be causing that loud, nightly snoring. According to one study, just a 10 percent weight gain could increase your chances for OSA six-fold, while a simple 10 percent weight loss could result in a 26 percent reduction in sleep apnea events during the night.

How Sleep Apnea Affects Weight

It seems that when it comes to sleep apnea and your weight, one can impact the other. For example, those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop sleep apnea, while those with sleep apnea are also more likely to deal with weight gain and have trouble getting rid of excessive fat. This could be for a couple of different reasons.

For one, a lack of quality sleep decreases the hormone leptin, which helps to suppress your appetite. When you have sleep apnea you constantly battle poor nights of sleep. This means that you’re more likely to crave food even when you aren’t hungry, and chances are good that the foods you crave are more unhealthy than healthy. Secondly, poor sleep may also increase your chances of overeating, which can also play a role in obesity and having trouble losing weight.

How We Can Help 

Whether you’re dealing with weight issues and want to reduce your risk for sleep apnea, or you have sleep apnea and you’re struggling to lose weight, Dr. Apakama and his team can provide you with a weight loss solution that’s tailored to your health needs. Here at CGA Surgical & Weight Loss Specialists, we understand that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss, and we can help guide you to making healthy food and dietary choices, as well as provide procedures, medications, and other options that can help you lose the weight to get better sleep, manage your sleep apnea better, improve your energy levels, and help you feel your best.

If you are a chronic snorer or if you are experiencing any of the other signs of obstructive sleep apnea it’s important that you talk with our medical team today to find out if you could have sleep apnea. It’s crucial that you seek immediate treatment for this sleep disorder. Call CGA Surgical & Weight Loss Specialists at (214) 440-1245 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Apakama in the DFW area.

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