Daytime Exhaustion? It Could Be a Sign of Sleep Apnea

If you struggle with daytime exhaustion even after catching a few extra hours of Zs, you could have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Other signs of OSA include:

While there are several options to help with OSA, one of the best solutions is weight loss. At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton and his team specialize in personalized weight loss solutions to improve your overall health, life — and sleep. 

Obstructive sleep apnea basics

OSA is the most common sleep apnea. When you have OSA, your airway becomes blocked while you sleep, which interrupts your breathing. This process can happen a dozen times in a single evening and, in severe cases, upwards of 30 times a night

Unfortunately, disrupted breathing goes much further than leaving you exhausted during the day. It also puts your health at risk because of the added stress on your metabolic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. 

Common health complications of sleep apnea include:

Roughly 60-90% of people with OSA are overweight.

How weight comes into play

Weight plays a significant role in OSA. This is largely due to fat deposits in the neck, known as pharyngeal fat. This tissue makes it more likely that your upper airway can become blocked when relaxed during sleep. It’s also why most people snore when they have OSA because air is getting forced through a restricted airway, which causes a loud noise.

In addition to excess tissue in your neck, having extra fat in your abdomen can also cause a problem. As your waistline increases, it compresses your chest wall and reduces your lung capacity. When this happens, you have less airflow through your upper airway, making it more likely to collapse while you sleep.

These factors increase your risk of having OSA as your body mass index rises. And, even experiencing a 10% weight gain can increase your chances of OSA six times. 

Fortunately, losing as little as 10-15% of your body weight can cut the severity of your OSA symptoms in half. While that may seem easier said than done, our team can help. 

Weight loss and OSA

At LoneStar Bariatrics, we start with a personalized assessment so we can get to know you and your overall goals. We also offer nonsurgical and surgical options to ensure you get the results to help you reach your weight loss goals, including:

With our help, you can lose the weight you need to resolve your sleep apnea symptoms and improve your overall health.

Ready to get a good night’s sleep again? Contact one of our convenient locations in North Dallas by calling or scheduling an appointment online today.

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