How Sleep Apnea Drives Weight Gain, Memory Loss, High Blood Pressure, ADHD, And More

Sleep is a major cornerstone for an energetic, joyful, healthy life. Unfortunately, millions of people are affected by a condition called sleep apnea and an estimated 80% of cases go undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is an extreme form of sleep deprivation where you wake up several times throughout the night. You can’t sleep, you can’t breathe, and as a result, you lack oxygen. You don’t even realize you’re waking up throughout the night. This lack of sleep drives weight gain and blood sugar imbalances. It can also raise your risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and more. In this minisode, Dr. Hyman speaks with his colleagues at The UltraWellness Center, Dr. George Papanicolaou, Dr. Elizabeth Boham, and Maggie Ward, about patients they have treated for sleep apnea. They share cases on issues ranging from anxiety to low libido to high blood pressure in which sleep apnea was a contributing factor. This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox. When you sign up to ButcherBox today, you’ll get 2 lbs of wild-caught Alaskan salmon free in your first box plus $10 off. Just go to butcherbox.com/farmacy. Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. George Papanicolaou, “Treating The Underlying Causes Of High Blood Pressure” here. Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. George Papanicolaou, “Is Anxiety All In Your Head, Or Is It In Your Body?” here. Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Boham, “Why Eating Less and Exercising More is a Recipe for Weight Gain” here. Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Maggie Ward, “Is Gluten-Free A Fad Or Is Gluten A Real Threat To Our Health?” here.
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