Sleep & Oxygen Blog
Spring is officially upon us. Getting active after the long winter months can be hard but for many who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a healthy diet and regular exercise routine can help ease and manage sleep apnea symptoms.1
For Ryan Jensen – the Baltimore Ravens star football player who has severe OSA – CPAP treatment, hard work and exercise have paid off.
March 2018: The Buccaneers announced that they have signed Ryan Jenson to a four-year, $42 million contract – proof that anyone can reach their full potential, even when living with sleep apnea!
Last September, Ryan shared with the world that a sleep apnea diagnosis saved his career after he realized he wasn’t getting the full 8 hours of sleep he thought he was, every night. This left him feeling tired and with very little strength to take on the day, let alone the opposition. His football career was in doubt after he was cut from the team, at which point he was then diagnosed with OSA.3
Jensen told ABC News that a few nights of using the [CPAP] machine, “changed everything” and after one full month of using it, his strength and energy were back which allowed him to return to his career in football.3
But What Does Ryan Jensen’s Success have to do with you?
Ryan’s example shows us that keeping active and staying healthy go hand in hand with effectively treating your sleep apnea. In fact, treating your sleep apnea will help you get back into, or stay, in shape.
For adults with sleep apnea, an exercise program that combines brisk walking and weight training, for example, can cut the severity of their disorder by 25% according to researcher Christopher Kline, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Sleep Medicine.4
Consistent CPAP therapy, a balanced diet and a regular exercise routine can have long term beneficial effects. Keep active this spring and contact your local VitalAire office for more great tips on how to stay healthy all year long.