“All three are very feasible,”
Remmers says. “We don’t know
which one is more important in which
MyHealth Alberta.com lists the
main symptoms of sleep apnea in
adults as not feeling rested after a
night’s sleep, feeling sleepy during
the day and waking up with a
Your bedmate may notice that when
you sleep you stop breathing; snore
often and loudly; gasp and choke; and
toss and turn.
Sleep apnea can lead to many
problems linked to poor sleep,
including unhealthy eating habits
the next day because the body
craves sugar, which can lead to
more weight gain.
“Sleep apnea can also cause
depression. If you’re depressed, you
might eat more and lack energy, so
you’re not going to be as active or move
around as much,” he says.
While it’s a serious condition and
needs to be addressed, treating sleep
apnea doesn’t necessarily help people
lose weight. “It doesn’t work that way,”
says Remmers. “Most of the time they
don’t lose weight.”
Instead, he suggests treating
the two health conditions separately,
beginning with the sleep apnea.
“You get people feeling good,
improving their quality of life, while
keeping their oxygen normal during
sleep. Always start there and
then later start to talk about weight
— Jennifer Allford
If you are overweight or obese and have
any symptoms of sleep apnea, ask your
health-care professional for advice.
See this story at applemag.ca for
links to John Remmers’ research with
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions.
Symptoms of sleep apnea in
adults include not feeling rested
after a night’s sleep, feeling
sleepy during the day and
waking up with a headache