100 lb. Club - undiagnosed sleep apnea?

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08-21-2011, 06:34 PM
Has anyone found that they're sleeping better after losing some weight?

I was sleeping pretty badly because of the heat, but after the heat wave broke I started sleeping much, much better than I did in June. The only thing that's changed over the past two months is that I lost 20lb.

08-21-2011, 06:58 PM
I haven't but several of family members have been diagnosed and those that have lost weight - right around that 20lbs mark - no longer have to use the breathing machines at night so I'm sure there's something to it.


08-21-2011, 07:01 PM
I was diagnosed with sleep apnea at my highest weight, and it disappeared after only losing about 35 lbs.

Getting quality sleep, is essential for me, because poor sleep has been proven to severely aggravate my most serious health issues (autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, and pain issues in general).

I sleep better because the apnea resolved, and my asthma has almost disappeared, but I also sleep better because my joints are less painful. Before I lost the weight, evne before I knew I had sleep apnea, I couldn't sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time, because I'd wake up in such incredible pain, the side I was laying on would be all pins-and-needles). I was like a pancake that had to be flipped every 20 minutes.

I still have to flip several times a night, but instead of every 20 minutes, it's every couple hours - and the more I lose, the less often I have to flip.

08-21-2011, 09:08 PM
September will be a year since I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I've lost almost 25 lbs and I still have to wear my cpap. Last weekend I thought I'd get crazy and take a nap without using my cpap and it was the worst mistake ever! I woke up to a horrible headache and horrible sore throat, I only slept for about an hour! The last time I remember not snoring was when I was around 200 lbs and that was about 11 years ago.

08-22-2011, 02:10 AM
I'm sure losing weight helps! Makes sense. My husband, mom and sister use one and for anyone reading this, if you suspect you have it and haven't had it checked out, do!! My husband used to literally stop breathing in his sleep. I met a girl at a nutrition class who said they actually had to call the ambulance for her father several times for he had stopped breathing. Yikes!

Regera Dowdy
08-22-2011, 02:36 AM
I don't think I have sleep apnea (not sure, though), and weight loss in and of itself hasn't helped me sleep. What helps me get to sleep is exercise, and what helps me stay asleep is supplementing magnesium. I seem to sleep deeper and wake up in the morning like a regular person if I do these to things, instead of waking up in the afternoon and feeling tired anyway.

I'm glad weight loss helps so many people sleep. A good night's sleep helps so much. :D

08-22-2011, 03:13 AM
My mom's boyfriend lost over 50lbs, and was taken off the machine. I also need a machine when I'm around 300, but don't below 200lbs.

08-26-2011, 01:38 PM
Anyone develop sleeping problems between their highest weight and goal weight? I didn't have any problems at my highest weight. Over the last year or so, I haven't really lost much, just kind of fluctuated between 225-240. Over the last year, I've developed problems with falling asleep. I'll be almost alseep and then feel like I have to gasp for air. I'm thinking this is likely sleep apnea, but once I'm actually asleep I stay asleep. The gasping never happens to me in the middle of the night, just when I'm first going to bed.

Pacifica Bee
08-26-2011, 03:20 PM
YES! I sleep very soundly now (even sharing the bed with a husband and 2 dogs). I wake up completely refreshed and full of energy even though I am getting the same amount of sleep I was getting at my highest weight. Husband says I still snore, but it isn't as bad because I sleep on my side now whereas before I was a tummy sleeper.

I also don't have (undiagnosed) acid reflux any longer. I used to wake up at least once a week with stomach acid in my throat, and sometimes I would wake up coughing and choking 'cos I had breathed the stomach acid into my lungs. I cannot possibly explain the sheer torture and terror waking up to drowning in acid is... blech