Weight Loss for Sleep Apnea in New York

Sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder where your breathing stops and starts, affects millions of people worldwide. Several factors contribute to sleep apnea, and excess weight is one of them. 

Fortunately, losing weight can significantly improve sleep apnea – but it’s a challenging task. At eos Sleep in NYC, we offer Zepbound weight loss treatments to help our patients shed pounds and sleep better.

The Connection Between Weight Loss and Sleep Apnea

Extra body weight contributes to sleep apnea by putting extra pressure on the throat and obstructing the airways during sleep. Fat around the upper airway can obstruct breathing, which is why doctors often recommend weight loss as part of the treatment plan for sleep apnea sufferers.

Losing weight can alleviate these symptoms by reducing the pressure on the respiratory system. Even moderate weight reductions can lead to a noticeable improvement in sleep quality and fewer sleep apnea symptoms.

Man snoring from sleep apnea while he sleeps

Introducing Zepbound: A New Solution

At eos Sleep, we know how hard it can be to struggle with both weight and sleep apnea. That’s why we offer Zepbound, a treatment designed specifically with sleep apnea patients in mind. 

Zepbound is a version of a medication called tirzepatide, which is primarily used to help with weight loss and improve metabolic health. It acts like certain natural hormones in your body that control blood sugar levels, reduce appetite, and help with insulin secretion. This makes it a great option to help you lose weight. 

Benefits of Zepbound for Sleep Apnea

Woman measuring her waist in the mirror after losing weight from Zepbound

While Zepbound works well for weight management, it also helps reduce symptoms associated with sleep apnea. Patients using Zepbound have reported fewer apnea episodes and improved sleep quality.

Zepbound is also known for its minimal side effects and compatibility with other sleep apnea treatments, making it a great choice for those looking to manage their condition.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Zepbound Treatment?

Zepbound is ideal for individuals with sleep apnea linked to overweight or obesity. Suitable candidates are those:

  • Diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Struggling with weight management despite diet and exercise.
  • Considered overweight or obese based on body mass index (BMI). 

Candidates should be ready to commit to lifestyle changes alongside medication for optimal results.

Why Choose eos Sleep?

At eos Sleep, you'll receive care under the direction of David O. Volpi, MD, MPH, FACS. Dr. Volpi is a board-certified otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) with over 30 years of experience specializing in snoring and sleep apnea. His credentials include a medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. He completed his residency at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and he is actively involved with several top medical organizations, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American College of Surgeons.

Located in Central Park and Park Avenue in NYC, eos Sleep is a premier center for diagnosing and treating snoring and sleep apnea. This central location offers both local and visiting patients access to cutting-edge sleep solutions in a world-class city. You can trust Dr. Volpi and his team to take care of your needs and help you sleep better than ever.

Lifestyle Tips for Managing Weight and Sleep Apnea

Along with Zepbound, certain lifestyle changes will help you manage your weight and sleep apnea. Here are some tips to help you along this journey:

  • Diet: Follow a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to help reduce body weight.
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity can help shed extra pounds and improve sleep quality.
  • Sleep Hygiene: Stick to a regular bedtime routine and create a sleep-conducive environment in your bedroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Soon Can I See Improvements in My Sleep Apnea Symptoms After Starting Zepbound?

Most patients notice improved sleep quality and reduced sleep apnea symptoms after a few weeks of starting Zepbound as part of their weight management plan. 

Your timing will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea, your initial weight, how your body responds to the medication, and the lifestyle changes you make while taking Zepbound.

Are There Any Side Effects of Using Zepbound?

Zepbound can have some side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Common side effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Reduced appetite

These effects are usually mild and often resolve as your body adjusts to the medication. More serious side effects could occur, so it's important to closely monitor your health and communicate with Dr. Volpi.

Can Zepbound Be Used in Combination With Other Sleep Apnea Treatments?

Yes, Zepbound can complement other sleep apnea treatments such as CPAP machines, dental devices, or surgical options. While Zepbound assists in weight loss to lessen sleep apnea severity over time, other treatments provide immediate relief or address structural issues that obstruct the airway.

How Long Do I Need to Take Zepbound to See Lasting Results?

The duration of your Zepbound treatment will depend on your health, sleep apnea severity, and weight loss goals. While you’ll start to feel benefits in a few weeks, lasting results generally require ongoing treatment and commitment to diet and exercise.

Mild Sleep Apnea: You should see improvement within three to six months, after which we can reevaluate your treatment needs.

Moderate to Severe Sleep Apnea: You may need continuous treatment from six months to a year or more to stabilize improvements.

How Else Can Zepbound Improve My Sleep?

Tirzepatide can indirectly improve sleep quality in ways other than weight loss. Here's how it can contribute to getting more Z’s:

  • Improved Metabolic Health: Tirzepatide helps enhance insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels, managing conditions like type 2 diabetes. Better control of blood sugar levels can minimize nighttime awakenings and improve overall sleep continuity.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Tirzepatide may help decrease systemic inflammation, often associated with metabolic disorders. Lower levels of inflammation can lead to improved sleep quality, as chronic inflammation is known to disrupt sleep.
  • Increased Energy and Physical Activity: Treatment with Tirzepatide can lead to increased energy levels. This uptick in energy can encourage more regular physical activity, which is known to improve sleep quality and help establish a healthier sleep-wake cycle.
  • Psychological Benefits: Improvements in metabolic health and overall physical well-being can boost mental health, enhancing self-esteem and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, which often impair sleep quality.

Improve Your Sleep and Health With Eos Sleep

Your path to better sleep starts at eos Sleep. If you are ready to explore how Zepbound can help you manage your weight and reduce sleep apnea symptoms, contact Dr. Volpi today.

Call 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment or discuss your treatment options. Act now to get specialized care and sleep solutions right here in the heart of New York City. 

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