A healthier life for a stronger sleep apnea treatment
Positive lifestyle modifications or simple adjustments can go a long way in reducing sleep apnea symptoms.(1) Amongst the many things you can do on your own to help yourself, eating well, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and checking your health seem to be some of the best suggestions.
Ready to exercise and boost your energy?
Exercise can improve your quality of life controlling your weight, boosting your mood, decreasing daytime somnolence and promoting a better sleep. Effectively, regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep, reducing the number of awakenings per hour and decreasing apnea episodes (1). Let’s move!
Exercise training alone is not enough a solution for most patients with sleep apnea and has to be accompanied by a nutrition program to lead to optimal health. However, it may serve as a supplemental treatment strategy for those with mild to moderate OSA (1). If only you don’t exercise too much and go beyond your own physical limits.
What sport is the best for me?
For better and longer results, you should practice a sport regularly. The easier exercising will be for you, the more often you will practice. Should the gym be close to your home or your office? Should the sport session be short enough to be easily scheduled in your weekly agenda? We could answer positively to those two questions. More important: make sure you enjoy your time in sports. Otherwise it will not last very long and you will loose the benefits of your efforts.
Some people seem to be made for endurance sports, ball sports, team sports, outside sports… What do you prefer and what are you made for? Trainings can be very different from one activity to the other one, developing various skills such as speed, strength, stretch, endurance, coordination, perseverance, and are more or less compatible with your natural physical abilities. If you like to run alone in the fresh air, don’t go lock yourself in a sports gym with dozens of fitness fans!
Exercising a few times a week at your pace, hydrating before/during/after your exercise, stretching after your sport session and keeping at least 2 hours between your activity and the time you go to bed will help you sleep like a baby…
(1) Weight loss, breathing devices still best for treating obstructive sleep apnea POSTED OCTOBER 02, 2013, 1:54 PM Stephanie Watson, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch, available on http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/weight-loss-breathing-devices-still-best-for-treating-obstructive-sleep-apnea-201310026713, consulted on 05/25/2015