CPAP Therapy Increases Adult Physical Activity
CPAP therapy does more than help patients manage sleep disorders, it can impact personal health overall. Research reveals that sleep apnea patients using CPAP therapy experienced boosts in physical activity. 1 As more research is conducted, the benefits of CPAP therapy are showing more value to health than just improving sleep.
How CPAP Benefits Go Beyond Better Sleep
Sleep apnea patients who consistently use CPAP therapy to improve sleep may also notice other improvements in their day to day lives. Enhancements in physical activity have allowed many patients to perform tasks that otherwise would have caused overexertion, such as taking short walks or climbing stairs.
Other ways good sleep can improve your health include:
- Boosting your immune system
- Preventing weight gain
- Improving cardiovascular health
- Elevating mood
- Enhancing alertness and focus for better mental health
Long Term Health and CPAP
The impact of healthy sleep with the use of CPAP is more than a short term gain. CPAP compliance produces consistent sleep patterns that can reduce the risk of both diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as decrease high blood pressure. Good sleep can also enhance overall well-being, which has immeasurable impact on good health.
While it is clear that sleep is important to health, over 70% of Americans still experience poor sleep, usually from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.2 With poor sleep many health issues ranging from obesity to depression are worsened. Many individuals may not notice the affect poor sleep is having on their health –but they may notice the loss of energy and increase in daytime fatigue.
How Poor Sleep May Affect Energy Levels
If you are experiencing low energy levels and daytime drowsiness, poor sleep due to a sleep disorder may be the culprit. Along with fatigue you may also experience many of these other symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Loud snoring at night
- Gasping for air to the point of waking
- Difficulty concentrating or experiencing poor memory during the day
- Frequent morning headaches
- Frequent sore throat upon awakening
Determining if Sleep Apnea is Affecting Your Energy Levels and Health
The first step to determining if sleep apnea is a problem is to get tested. An accurate diagnosis helps you get the treatment you need, including CPAP therapy.
Home sleep tests, like the Complete Care Package from Sleep Care Online can be completed in the comfort of your own bed at your convenience. A diagnosis may lead to changes in lifestyle and the start of CPAP therapy to improve sleep and boost energy for physical activity.
- Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. CPAP increases physical activity in obstructive sleep apnea with cardiovascular disease. February 2021.
- American Sleep Apnea Association. The State of Sleep Health in America. Accessed March 2021.