According to an article by Time Magazine, “Your doctor could soon be prescribing crucial shuteye as treatment for everything from obesity to ADHD to mental health as experts say carving out time for sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.”
As stated by the article, researchers have known for some time that sleep is critical for weight maintenance and hormone balance, and too little sleep is linked to many diseases and heart problem as well as mental health. However, it wasn’t until recent that research on sleep became a paramount component of the medical industry in terms of treatment of various conditions.
Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which a person stops breathing for a brief moment while asleep. This condition often results in restless and sleeplness nights.
While CPAP or APAP devices are typically prescribed to patients with sleep apnea, researchers are now finding a small percentage of weight loss can also help to combat the disorder.
A report compiled by Finnish researchers and published in the Feb. 11 issue of Sleep Medicine, found that “losing as little as 5 percent of body weight leads to significant improvement” for sleep apnea patients, reports Health Magazine.
Dr. Henri Tuomilehto, an adjunct professor at the University of Eastern Finland’s Oivauni Sleep Clinic and the lead researcher on the project claims,“Being moderately overweight increases the risk for obstructive sleep apnea by 10 times.”
Additionally, “Dr. Harly Greenberg, head of sleep medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., [says] obesity is linked to sleep apnea because fatty tissue accumulates around the neck and narrows the airway, making it more susceptible to obstruction during sleep.”
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