Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sleep Apnea and Prolonged Sitting

It seems obvious that prolonged sitting wouldn’t be good for your health. If you work in an office and sit in front of a pc all day, or whatever job requires you to sit down most of the day then your legs and your body gets very little exercise. Well, it appears that prolonged sitting is also bad for those of us who suffer from sleep apnea.

Health problems associated with prolonged sitting
  • Weight gain, one of the top health issues of this generation, can be caused by sitting too long. Of course being overweight causes a host of other health problems. 
  • Do you get physically tired at the end of the day even though you do your work sitting down? Prolonged sitting isn’t good for blood circulation. With out the proper circulation you could become fatigued. 
  • Sitting too long can also cause havoc on your back. 
  • Heart disease, Diabetes 
  • Fluid that gathers in the legs during the day moves up through the body to the neck may have an effect on blocking the airway in the back of the throat causing sleep apnea.

How to minimize prolonged sitting detrimental effects

The easiest remedy is to take scheduled breaks during the day where you get up and move around, take a little walk, or walk up some stairs. If you do that several times a day it will help with your circulation.

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  1. I think this is the case with me. I sit all day in front of a computer (work related) then sit some more during the commute on the way home. Ugh...suffering from mild sleep apnea but it has effected my life big time.