I would like to bring to your attention, a very serious problem associated with obesity, known as “Sleep Apnea“. This condition is associated with a temporary disruption in breathing during sleep. The sleep deprivation associated with it, is at the origin of several problems encountered during the day. Sleep apnea patients suffer of depression, extreme fatigue, lethargy (weak responsiveness), and much more.
This condition is often referred to as “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” (Cessation of breathing during sleep). In extreme cases, patients need to wear a nasal cannula in order to deliver oxygen during sleep (a tube delivering oxygen inserted partially in each nostril (nose opening)).
As fat deposits accumulate in the abdominal cavity, the thorax (chest), and the neck, they tend to compress the organs involved in breathing, such as the diaphragm (muscle of respiration), the lungs, the trachea (wind pipe). Men, overweight people, and people over 40 are at greater risk for sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can cause hypertension, stroke, or heart failure.
- Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
- Sleepiness while driving
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
- Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
Dr. Zachary Lahlou