Can Exercise Improve the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Sat 11/19/2016 - 09:00
Could the solution to sleep disordered breathing be as simple as a daily jog? A recent study indicates that regular exercise could help reduce the occurrence of sleep apnea symptoms. Here, Dr. Michael Cortese of Princeton Prosthodontics explains more.
What One Study Found
A team of researchers was interested in finding a suitable alternative to traditional bulky CPAP machines for sleep apnea therapy. They set out to find lifestyle habits that could potentially reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
The researchers looked at data from eight studies of people with obstructive sleep apnea that lasted anywhere from two to six months. They compared those who exercised with those that did not exercise. Exercise included walking, running on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike and doing strength training two to seven days per week.
The team found that sleep apnea symptoms improved among the group of exercisers. These individuals reported better sleep and less daytime drowsiness. Based on a standardized scale of the frequency of their breathing interruptions, it appeared that the exercisers’ sleep apnea became less severe.
The study, which was published in the Respiratory Medicine journal, did not conclude the type, duration or frequency of exercise that would most benefit individuals suffering from sleep apnea.
Dr. Cortese recommends regular exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. However, individuals with sleep apnea may be interested in another convenient and effective solution to the disorder.
Another Solution for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway collapses during sleep, causing breathing to stop and then re-start. This can occur hundreds of times per night. A traditional CPAP machine is designed to keep the airway clear and prevent the cessation of breath; however, many people find CPAP machines to be clunky, uncomfortable or inconvenient. As an alternative, Dr. Cortese offers customized oral appliances that hold the airway open. These appliances are about the size of a small mouthguard, so they are well tolerated and extremely effective.
Contact Princeton Prosthodontics Today
To learn more about how Dr. Cortese can treat sleep apnea, please contact Princeton Prosthodontics and request a consultation. Call (609) 552-0800 or email us today.