6 Weight Loss Tips for Improving Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Posted by AESTHETIC DENTISTRY on Dec 14 2021, 10:40 PM
Lets face it: losing weight can be easier said than done, especially as we get older. Unfortunately, that’s also when illnesses like diabetes and sleep apnea show up. Worse yet, obesity and excess weight can make sleep apnea symptoms worse. That’s why if you are overweight or obese, losing weight is imperative, especially with sleep apnea.
If you struggle with diets, don’t despair! Here are some tips and tricks for getting your weight under control, and improving your overall health - including your sleep apnea symptoms!
Measuring Your Food
Do you know what the proper portion size is for that pasta? How about that juicy steak? Weighing and measuring your food can help you better count calories and stick to reasonable portions.
We know, we know: exercise is important for weight loss. But it doesn’t have to mean bench pressing your weight in dumbbells. It can be something as simple as a daily 20-minute walk.
Use Smaller Dishes
Using smaller dishes will help you with minimizing your portion size, but also trick your brain into thinking you’re getting more food than you actually are.
Set Reasonable Goals
A healthy goal is essential to losing weight. Aim to lose one pound per week, and if you lose more or less, that’s still great! Just keep going and don’t give up on yourself. Celebrate non-scale victories (NSV’s) like your sleep apnea symptoms decreasing and your clothes fitting better.
Be Kind To Yourself
Dieting is hard, otherwise, we’d all do it and there would be no such thing as obesity. But if you do ‘fall off the wagon’ don’t beat yourself up. We’re only human, and we make mistakes. Just get yourself back up, dust yourself off, and start over again. You’ll feel better in no time!
Treat Your Sleep Apnea
Do you have sleep apnea? Treating it can help lessen symptoms because there is less pressure on your airway. It can also help lessen symptoms of conditions like diabetes which can worsen sleep apnea as well.
Do you need a better way to treat your sleep apnea? Speak to Dr. Abelar today about getting a custom sleep orthotic made for you. Custom sleep orthotics fit comfortably into your mouth and are generally better tolerated than traditional therapies such as CPAP. To learn more about custom sleep orthotics, speak to Dr. Abelar today!