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Doctor insights on: How Much Overweight Causes Sleep Apnea

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
1,251 doctors shared insights

Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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What causes sleep apnea if one os not overweight and has no history. Tmj, clenching, stiff neck muscles, psychiatric medication?

What causes sleep apnea if one os not overweight and has no history. Tmj, clenching, stiff neck muscles, psychiatric medication?

All or none: I have seen many patients for an oral mouthpiece for sleep apnea that are not overweight. A thorough screening and health history with a sleep professional is required to hopefully rule out some of the other causes. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea I am 100 lbs overweight if I lose weight will I be able to get rid of it?

I have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea I am 100 lbs overweight if I lose weight will I be able to get rid of it?

You can: If you loose weight you more than likely will be able to resolve your obstructive sleep apnea. In rare cases the structure of your adenoid, tonsils and post pharynx might be too big and can also be the cause of your OSA. I do recommend weight loss as a first step and repeating your sleep study. If it is central sleep apnea that is a different etiology. ...Read more

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Yes I do have high BP and sleep apnea and chronic stress but i'm like 180 pounds and 5'8.5? Am i very overweight? Thanks for all ur help doctors

BMI27,Sleep Apnea,BP: You are overweight, have sleep apnea, and high bpand chronic stress my advice 1try to loose weightdiet/exercise 2sleep studies and treatment for sleep apnea 3blood pressure control with diet/exercise and meds if needed 4stress reduction therapy consult your doctor and get appropriate referals and treatment as you are only18 years old. ...Read more

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I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could i have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could i have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

Depends...: If you're 18 and not overweight, obstructive sleep apnea in your case may have numerous possible causes. You should see an ENT doctor for a thorough evaluation of your upper airway anatomy to identify your possible areas of obstruction (e.g. Base of tongue, tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, dentition, jaw position). Everyone is different so you should get checked out. ...Read more

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Im having small quick jolts of pain in my head and im 18 and little overweight and have sleep apnea, this happens alot, im afraid of stroke/hemmorage?

Im having small quick jolts of pain in my head and im 18 and little overweight and have sleep apnea, this happens alot, im afraid of stroke/hemmorage?

Headaches: Please discuss this with your physician as soon as possible. Have you been issued a cpap? If so are you wearing it? If not, that may be one of the causes of your pain. ...Read more

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I'm overweight and I've been told that I snore. At what point would it be indicated for me to get a sleep study to test for sleep apnea?

I'm overweight and I've been told that I snore. At what point would it be indicated for me to get a sleep study to test for sleep apnea?

When doctor says so: You don't decide, your doctor decides. If you're concerned, see a sleep specialist. There are several ways that (s)he can assess the likelihood of OSA during an office visit. Respect your doctor by acknowledging his/her expertise as a clinical diagnostician. That's what (s)he's trained for. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea & use c-pap will i always have this forever? Am about 20lbs overweight. Would losing weight help get rid of apnea?

I have sleep apnea & use c-pap will i always have this forever? Am about 20lbs overweight. Would losing weight help get rid of apnea?

Losing weight helps: You may get second opinion and have proper oral appliance made to replace your CPAP if you can not tolerate the mask. ...Read more

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I wake up with headache/gasping for air often.. Could it be sleep apnea? Im 23, not overweight. Also is klonopin (clonazepam) for sleep unsafe with apnea?

I wake up with headache/gasping for air often.. Could it be sleep apnea? Im 23, not overweight. Also is klonopin (clonazepam) for sleep unsafe with apnea?

Sleep disturbances : Yes it could be sleep apnea. Get evaluated by a sleep doctor to determine if a sleep study should be performed. Klonopin (clonazepam) is not necessarily unsafe for sleep apnea but central nervous system medications/depressants in general can affect sleep and also breathing during sleep. But it may be necessary to use this medication so do not discontinue it without checking with the prescriber. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more