Can Sleep Apnea Prevent Weight Loss

by Patty Allen


Will Treating Sleep Apnea Help You Lose Weight? Evidence suggests that OSA patients who effectively manage their sleep apnea may find it easier to lose weight.

Can having sleep apnea make you gain weight?

While having sleep apnea can lead to weight gain, weight gain can also make sleep apnea symptoms worse. When most people gain weight, they gain it everywhere including their neck. Excess weight in this area can narrow your airway when you lie down.

How much weight will I lose coming off CPAP?

If overweight and obese people lose weight, it would make both sleep apnea and other health problems [such as heart disease] go away. Losing just 10% of body weight can have a big effect on sleep apnea symptoms.

Does sleep apnea cause belly fat?

Researchers in Japan examined the relationship between visceral fat and obstructive sleep apnea in both men and women. They discovered a strong association between sleep apnea and visceral fat accumulation among men, but not among women.

Does CPAP speed up metabolism?

Measurements and main results: BMR significantly decreased after CPAP (1,584 kcal/d at baseline, 1,561 kcal/d at CPAP initiation, and 1,508 kcal/d at follow-up; P < 0.001), whereas physical activity and total caloric intake did not significantly change.

What does sleep apnea do to your metabolism?

Also, sleep apnea can cause sleep deprivation which can slow a person’s metabolism significantly. As a result, a person might have difficulty losing weight, and this can lead to other health consequences.

Do CPAP machines make you gain weight?

It appears that CPAP treatment for OSA most frequently causes an increase in body weight, and the study by Quan et al provides the best evidence we have.

How do you fix sleep apnea?

Lose weight if you’re overweight.
Exercise regularly.
Drink alcohol moderately, if at all. Don’t drink in the hours before bedtime.
Quit smoking.
Use a nasal decongestant or allergy medications.
Don’t sleep on your back.
Avoid taking sedative medications such as anti-anxiety drugs or sleeping pills.

What is the best sleep position for sleep apnea?

Snoring and sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea causes the airways to collapse during sleep, leading to pauses in breathing. It often goes hand-in-hand with snoring. Positioning yourself on your side or stomach can help the airways stay open to reduce snoring and alleviate mild apnea, Salas says.

How do you know when you no longer need CPAP?

A sleep study can determine if your OSA has been resolved and if it’s safe to stop using your CPAP or BIPAP machine. We would generally recommend that you wait

A sleep study can determine if your OSA has been resolved and if it’s safe to stop using your CPAP or BIPAP machine. We would generally recommend that you wait


The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not recognize sleep apnea as a disability. However, if you suffer from severe enough sleep apnea, you may meet eligibility standards with the other symptoms resulting from your sleep apnea. To qualify for benefits, you must meet SSD’s definition of disabled.

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