I have a client with sleep apnea. He can't seem to lose weight, and sweats a lot. He says he has a slow metabolism. Any recommendations on a metabolism boosting diet?
Once you help your client with his sleep apnea, you're likely to find that the other problems may take care of themselves.
It's important to note, however, that research links sleep apnea to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, impotency, headaches, memory problems and even car accidents. Your client's sleeping problems may be signs of something even more serious.
As many as 5 percent of adult men and half as many women have sleep apnea. (Fewer than 10% of people with sleep apnea are being treated.) The major risk factors include being over forty and being overweight.
Research shows that about 80% of people diagnosed with sleep apnea are at least 130% of their "ideal" body weight. The conundrum is that weight gain can lead to sleep apnea and sleep apnea can lead to weight gain.
The lethargy and fatigue resulting from disordered sleep usually leads to decreased physical activity during the day. In addition, the decreased REM sleep associated with sleep apnea has been linked to increased food intake.
A University of Wisconsin Medical School study revealed that a 10 percent weight gain over a four-year interval was associated with a 500% increase in the likelihood of developing sleep apnea.
The good news is that sleep scientists have found that a loss of 10 percent of your body weight can drop the severity of sleep apnea by 25 percent.
Sleep apnea can be alleviated with the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP. CPAP (pronounced "C- pap") involves the use of a specially designed mask worn over the nose and mouth. Several studies have shown that the use of CPAP can lead to weight loss.
Help your client find the appropriate health professional to conduct a sleep study and possibly prescribe CPAP. Also, make sure that your client is cleared of the other medical concerns mentioned above.