Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weight Loss Can Be Key to Getting Better Sleep

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weight Loss Can Be Key to Getting Better Sleep

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Dear Doctor K: How can losing weight help sleep?

Dear Reader: For one thing, excess body weight, especially in the neck, increases the likelihood of developing obstructive sleep apnea. This condition occurs when your airway becomes blocked, either completely or partially, while you sleep. It causes you to stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times per night. Not surprisingly, sleep apnea disrupts your sleep. It also puts you at risk for other conditions, including stroke and high blood pressure. So, one possibility is that weight loss reduces the risk of sleep apnea, improving quality.

Another likely reason that weight loss leads to improved sleep is linked to diabetes. Weight loss reduces your risk of getting diabetes.

And diabetes increases your risk of getting restless leg syndrome, which disrupts your sleep. …

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