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.
Research conducted on overweight adults with sleep apnea found that of 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.
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.
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.
Don't underestimate the importance of a good night's sleep for your weight and health. A good night’s 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.