The percentage of American adults and children who are either overweight or
obese (Body Mass Index greater than 30) is increasing every day. Much of
this is because many people are eating more (super-sized portions) and
exercising less. While it is well known that obese individuals have a higher
chance of having Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition where breathing stops
and Oxygen levels drop during sleep, recent research shows that Obstructive
Sleep Apnea can actually cause obesity because a person become so tired from
lack of quality sleep, they become less apt to exercise or lead a more
active lifestyle. Obesity, by itself, when not linked to Obstructive Sleep
Apnea, can also contribute to a sleep disturbance because the person may not
be able to rest comfortably in bed because of their obesity.
Obesity, Obstructive Sleep Apnea And Diabetes
There is a link between the three above conditions. A decrease in the amount
of sleep affects the body's ability to process glucose. This can cause a
problem with diabetes management.
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Successful treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can result in an increase in
daytime energy. Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea involves the use of a
small mask (CPAP) to open up the airway and "unblock" the obstruction.
Patients often report a new enthusiasm for life after successful treatment.
This increased energy may lead to a person exercising more or being
increasingly active in general, and therefore reducing their overall body
weight. Improved quality and length of sleep can certainly improve daytime
Weight Loss And Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Significant weight loss for obese individuals can lessen the severity of
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or, in some cases, actually eliminate the problem.
Diet and exercise are always the first option for weight loss, but
maintaining significant weight loss can sometimes be difficult. Gastric
Bypass Surgery can be an alternative way to achieve permanent weight loss.
Bariatric Surgery is performed at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. The physicians who
provide surgical services for obesity can be found online at