Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Working Out Can Improve Your Apnea

A recent study published online by the journal Sleep and Breathing found that exercise can reduce the severity of sleep apnea.

The study included 20 patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Part of the group received no treatment. The other half did breathing and aerobic exercises for one and a half hours at a time. These workout sessions took place three times a week for three months.

The exercise group did 15 to 30 minutes of breathing exercises and 45 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercises at each session. Aerobic activities included stretching, bicycling, and slow jogging.

Was all the sweat and pain worth it?

The study results indicate yes.

Supervised exercise improved Apnea-Hypopnea Indexes (AHI), quality of life, quality of sleep, and exercise ability in the group who worked out.

This is great news for the 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea!

Sleep and Breathing is the official journal of the AADSM.

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