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Can diet and exercise help treat obstructive sleep apnea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Diet and exercise may be able to help ease symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, especially exercise four to five hours before bed, weight loss, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol, but it's almost impossible to beat sleep apnea with these lifestyle changes alone. Without enough quality sleep, it's hard to even imagine mustering up the energy for either one. What's more, sleep deprivation has been shown to inhibit your ability to lose weight, even if you're eating and exercising right.

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