If you have a sleep disorder, it may negatively affect your daily health. The use of a CPAP machine while you sleep may be an effective treatment method for sleep apnea and also can help people with diabetes lose weight.

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Diabetes and also obesity are major risk factors in developing sleep disorders. In fact, sleep disorders are commonly found in people with type 2 diabetes. Having a sleep disorder greatly increases your risk for heart complications and hypertension. One specific sleep disorder that is common in people with diabetes is sleep apnea, which is a condition that causes you to momentarily stop breathing when you sleep throughout the night. This breaks up your sleep cycle and can leave you very tired during the day. All those breaks in sleep can negatively affect your body and mind and, when the condition is untreated, it can be linked to injuries, accidents, and even heart attacks. It can also worsen your health outcomes if you live with diabetes. More than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea and it is more common if you are overweight or Latino.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, or falling asleep by accident. If you have sleep apnea, then a healthy diet and regular physical exercise can help keep the condition under control. But if you want to focus on weight loss, then this study found that using a CPAP machine for people with sleep apnea will help you achieve your weight loss goals more so than just diet or exercise alone. The CPAP machine works by keeping the throat muscles open when you sleep so that your throat doesn’t close. Doctors in this study have said that if they start patients on the CPAP machine at the same time as a weight loss program, then patients have seen a lot of success in losing weight, having more energy and exercising more.

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