In parallel with reeducation, support in nutrition and physical activity can increase muscle tone and thus help to limit the harmful consequences of lingual dysfunctions on breathing.
Since the 1980s, rates of obesity and overweight have continued to rise in our Western populations and emerging countries, with negative consequences for well-being and health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.4 billion people over the age of 20 worldwide are overweight, 500 million of whom are obese, and this number is expected to double by 2030. More than 58% of obese people suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA). Overweight people have excess fat, especially in the neck, tongue and pharynx, which narrows the airways and facilitates their obstruction during sleep.
This observation is all the more worrying because it is preventable, since these diseases are strongly linked to our environment and in particular to the way we eat and exercise.
Although tongue is the main cause, more than 58% of obese people suffer from OSA.
Creating a virtuous circle
Adopting good eating habits and losing weight can help reduce OSA. Several studies have shown that overweight people who reduce their weight by 10% can reduce their OSA by 30%.
It is important to understand that tongue reeducation, combined with a better lifestyle, can create a virtuous circle of health. For example, diet and physical activity play an important role in the quality of sleep. The quality of sleep is an element to be considered in order to reduce drowsiness and to be motivated to be physically active and not to be injured… And at the same time, these approaches to management make it possible to improve the overall health and well-being of people in a sustainable way.
As a result, it may be interesting for a person with sleep disorders to turn to professionals. In addition to tongue reeducation, a dietician can offer support to control weight and improve cardiovascular health. A sports coach, in a fitness room or in a personalized class, preferably with a state diploma.
If nutrition or sports coaching professionals are interested in our approach, and in a potential partnership, contact us!
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