Sometimes, it’s the little things that get you down when your weight’s up. Like cutting your toenails. “It was horrible,” recalls Lee Zaretsky. “When I was 50 pounds heavier, trimming my toenails was such a chore that I dreaded it.” Today, those extra 50 pounds are gone. And they’ve stayed gone.
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Stop Snoring & Sleep Apnea
About 40 million Americans suffer chronic health issues related to long-term sleep deprivation. At Pritikin, physicians who are experts in sleep evaluation and treatment help guests stop storing and/or get control of other sleep-robbers, like sleep apnea. The result for many has been the return to a long, restful night’s sleep, and stunning improvement in well being.
It’s important to understand the health complications associated with sleep apnea.
While many Americans turn to prescription sleep aids in hopes of a better night’s sleep, there are other natural remedies to turn to instead.
The study, led by scientists at Columbia University, showed that when participants ate a healthy diet, even for one day, they fell asleep almost twice as fast and spent more of the night in deep, slow-wave sleep.
What many people don’t realize is that sleep disorders and obesity go hand-in-hand. And it’s a Catch-22. Excess weight can cause problems, like sleep apnea, which rob you of sleep, but it’s difficult to lose weight if you’re sleep deprived. But, fortunately, there are solutions.
New research is affirming that a good night’s sleep, about seven to eight hours for the vast majority of people, is vital for our hearts and overall health.
Research conducted on overweight adults with sleep apnea found that among those who lost over 33 pounds, nearly 90% saw all symptoms of their sleep apnea disappear. They were also rewarded with remarkable improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
>If you snore and wonder if you have sleep apnea, you’ve got to do something about it. Characterized by chronic snoring interrupted with gasps (when breathing actually stops), the consequences of sleep apnea are severe and include dramatically increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Doctors have long known that excess weight leads to sleep problems, but new research is finding that the reverse is also true. Sleep problems in and of themselves can pile on the pounds. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle. You put on weight, so you don’t sleep as well as you used to, so you put on more weight. Oy.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep for your weight and health. Good sleep is intimately connected to your weight, mood, energy, productiveness, and quality of life. Sleep deprivation leads to many unwanted health problems, including increased difficulty in losing weight. Shedding excess pounds is hard enough. Not getting enough sleep at night makes it even harder.