New study: Exercise and Healthy Eating can improve mild sleep apnea

Important new findings from Finland demonstrate that healthy eating and exercise can improve mild sleep apnea.  As one of the leading causes of poor sleep, this may be great news for thousands of sufferers.  


 

A recent study found obese participants who went through a one-year lifestyle intervention were about half as likely to see their sleep apnea progress.  This study is important because it shows that sleep apnea can be reduced when a healthy lifestyle is maintained.

 

Researchers found obese study participants who went through a one-year lifestyle intervention were about half as likely to see their sleep apnea progress to more severe disease, compared to those who received little extra help.

People who have sleep apnea stop breathing for short spurts when their airway collapses or gets blocked while they are asleep. The condition is most common among overweight, middle-aged adults.

 

According to Dr. Tuomilehto who led the study at the Oivauni Sleep Clinic in Kuopio, Finland, "With these results, we can say that if we change our lifestyle… we really can stop the progression of sleep apnea," he said. But, "Nobody has really paid any attention to preventing the progression."


Sleep apnea can lead to feeling tired all day and that can in turn lead to overeating as well, because when we are tired we tend to reach for food to help us stay awake and we tend to crave sweet foods for quick fuel and treats. So, this is great news that Sleep Apnea can be helped and the progression can be decreased!

 

Eat Well and Sleep Well!