I found out I had OSA after a going to check out my high blood pressure and feeling generally tired/crappy with my GP.
He wanted skip meds and asked I try to loose weight. Dropped weight, started exercising but still was tired. Had the sleep study and got on cpap
Since then I dropped a overall total for almost 40 lbs, workout almost daily with HIIT type crossfit, and bike 20-30miles on the weekend. My blood pressure has dropped back to normal and I feel really good.
Has anyone else made other significant changes in lifestyle/health and seen the benefits?
I stil use the cpap nightly but have skipped about a night a week when I stay at my gf place. She says not only do I not snore (I used to snore a lot) but I make zero noise when I sleep.
My pulmonologist also commented that my apnea was fairly minor (which is interesting because I was so freaking tired before cpap) and if I continue to lower my BMI and stay active I may not need cpap?
Anyone have this experience? I don't mind using cpap but it sure would be nice to go without it!
03-24-2016, 07:48 PM
(This post was last modified: 03-24-2016, 07:52 PM by JudgeMental.)
A BIG congrats on your self induced health care.. No one knows your body better then you do, and nobody cares about your body more then you do. Just do it for yourself. Although you may feel fairly confident that you may fore-go the CPAP occasionally, don't let it stray far from your mind, as, it has been proven in your sleep study that you have some night breathing issues.. As an old man (79), I also have a self induced health care program. I work with a few weights and isometrics and also ride a roadie bicycle 50-60 miles a week. I no longer have to take blood pressure meds after taking them for 35 years and my BP is now normally 119/68, with a pulse of 56-59. I don't ever foresee me leaving the CPAP arena however.
Your sleep apnea issues may not necessarily be caused by weight but could be heredity, throat structure or numerous other causes. Stay with your programs and just don't forget the CPAP. I'm sure your GF would be very understanding if you tag it along.
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