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Can Sleep Apnea Really Affect a Patient's Metabolism?

Utilizing deep breathing and other treatment methods

There is also a method of deep breathing called Kapalbhati to help strengthen the diaphragm and in turn, promote oxygen flow throughout the body. In addition to sleep apnea, deep breathing has been known to help increase the body’s metabolic rate. When cells receive more oxygen, they produce more energy. Furthermore, oxygen thins out the blood, which results in lower blood pressure and also increases the metabolism rate. So, if Kapalbhati breathing is an option for alleviating the effects of sleep apnea, then both the disorder and the weight issue are being addressed. So, an individual can receive twice the benefits by employing this practice.

Other treatments for sleep apnea include a device referred to as a CPAP, which keeps the airways open, or devices to keep the jaw (and throat) relaxed to facilitate breathing.