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OBESITY AND SLEEP APNEA OR OTHER BREATHING PROBLEMS
If you are overweight or obese, your risk for sleep apnea, asthma, and other breathing problems is higher.
If you have sleep apnea, your airway narrows or closes while you are asleep, and your breathing stops — sometimes many times during the night. It's more than just loud snoring with sudden pauses. Sleep apnea can lead to:
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Trouble concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
If you have sleep apnea, asthma, or other breathing problems, you can take positive steps to minimize your risks or get the condition under control. The most important actions to take include:
- Working with your doctor to evaluate your condition
- Managing your weight
- Becoming more active
- Practicing good sleep hygiene