It was just a year ago when I made a video where I conluded that getting a CPAP or surgery for the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea shoul be avoided if possible and uploaded it to YouTube.
Offering the results of my several hours (and years) of researching the topic of snoring and sleep apnea as well as alternatives to these expensive and often uneccesary “solutions”, I was faced with an immediate backlash.
“Are you a doctor?”, many commenters asked. “This guy has NO CLUE what he’s talking about” was a common response in the comments field of my YouTube video. And yet, I had merely come to the same conclusion as many medical doctors and the National Health Institute itself: the majority of Americans are overweight or obsese, and losing weight will have an immediate and drastic effect on reducing sleep apnea to an extent that surgery (often ineffective with serious permanent negative consequences) or the CPAP (once you start, you really can’t stop) were not necessary.
Why People Refuse to Lose Weight for their Sleep Apnea
It comes down to a basic denial of reality. The reality is that most people who have sleep apnea due to being overweight (about 70% of sleep apnea is just weight related alone) refuse to do anything about it. They are simply too intellectually lazy to acknowledge the truth of the matter, because that would mean they would then be taking responsibility for a preventable condition, rather than playing the victim- which is easy.
Dr. Lawrence Epstein of Harvard Medicine has stated that if people lost only 10% of their body weight, sleep apnea and many of its resulting serious health consequences would simply go away.
People Put Undue Faith in Surgery to Stop Sleep Apnea
Again, Americans have almost become cult followers of the medical industry, and would likely jump off a building if a Doctor simply writes it down on a prescription pad. “What do you mean don’t jump off a building?! Are YOU a doctor?!”. And yet, many sleep apnea sufferers automatically think surgery is the solution for sleep apnea, when even the evidence states that even oral appliances are more effective than sleep apnea surgery.
That’s right, even an over-the-counter FDA cleared stop snoring mouthpiece could be a better, safer, healthier, and more effective solution to snoring and sleep apnea.
And yet, many people simply refuse to believe it.
Strange Times for People Who Snore
Snoring and sleep apnea prevent people from getting good sleep at night, and yet these same people are “sleeping” on the most obvious solution. It’s as if they heard that Artificial Intelligence wanted to merge with mankind, and they are already there, donut and smartphone in hand, ready to be assimilated into the Borg.
But this attitude of rejecting alternative solutions simply because they require proactive moves on the part of snorers is only going to cause them to experience more problems down the road like cardio vascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and degenerative brain and other inflammatory diseases that could have been prevented by making the conscious decision to address the elephant in the room- a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.
Other Solutions for Weight Loss in Sleep Apnea Patients
People who are overweight need to get a grip on portion control first and will power. The best way to do this is to try Intermittent Fasting. This is where you fast for 16 hours a day, and then allow yourself to eat during the 8 hour window only. It has an amazing set of health benefits besides just weight loss and appetite control. Hormone production, regulation of glucose and insulin levels, as well as decreasing inflammation- are all sidef benefits of intermittent fasting, not including any weight loss itself!
The next and obvious step is exercise, and getting regular portions of it. This means 3 times a week minimum, and should include activities like anaerobic and aerobic exercise. This could be doing 5 sets of pushups, pullups, box jumps, leg lifts, and dips, or jogging for 30 minutes straight at your own pace.
Regardless of what you do, do something! Do anything.
Just don’t blame me because I don’t wear a white coat and carry around a stethoscope.