Sleep apnea is a medical condition that has a growing tally of people in western countries. In the United States, around 10-17% of the Adult male population and around 3-9% of the adult female population have moderate to severe sleep-disordered breathing conditions. To be more specific, sleep apnea affects around 2-7% of the adult population, and these figures have been steadily rising over the years in line with the rising obesity epidemic that is crippling the American masses.
Sleep apnea is a problem because it increases the risk of chronic health issues to sprout up and includes cognitive dysfunction, reduced work performance, anxiety, cardiovascular issues, daytime sleepiness, impotence and abnormalities in the glucose metabolism. Those who are suffering from sleep apnea are 2.5 times higher at risk of getting cardiac diseases.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
It is the condition wherein the upper airway collapses while sleeping. This makes it unable to breathe because of their airway being blocked. People who have this condition have close to 15 episodes of inability to breathe each hour. This results in waking up so as to reset their breathing. This means that people with this condition would not be able to sleep soundly and this leads to chronic sleepiness, tiredness and other medical conditions that extend to mental health.
Lifestyle modifications can bring a change
Simple lifestyle modifications can help to improve the case of sleep apnea. Obesity plays a very big role in most of the patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea and such sleep related conditions. There is a 40% higher prevalence rate of sleep apnea if the person is an overweight man, and this increases beyond 40% for obese men with BMI (Body mass index) that is greater than 40kg/m2.
More than 60% of the patients who are referred for a diagnostic sleep evaluation are obese or overweight. In most cases, a simple loss in weight can help bring a world of change in the patients that are affected by sleep apnea. A safe, alternative rather than going for weight-loss surgery would be to stick to a long term plant-based diet. Sticking to plant based recipes can not only reduce your body weight, but it can help to mitigate the risks that you face as a result of heart diseases, diabetes and certain forms of cancer.