3 Real Women With 3 Real Sleep Problems
We asked WebMD's sleep expert to help these tired ladies learn to get some shut-eye again.
Sleep Apnea: The Robber of Sleep continued...
Fortunately, CPAPs have come a long way. Now they’re lighter -- some less
than 10 pounds -- with portable batteries. So there’s no reason Torrez can’t be
mobile and get the sleep she needs to enjoy traveling.
Hit the scales. For Torrez, weight management is also key -- the more
weight she gains, the worse sleep apnea becomes. She has two things working
against her and both involve hormones.
First is menopause. Her sleep problems started right around the time
menopause hit, when fluctuating hormones lead to a slowing of metabolism, which
in turn can cause weight gain.
Second, certain hormones key to controlling metabolism are usually released
during sleep. If Torrez’s sleep is disrupted and the hormones don’t release,
she’s more likely to gain weight.
The doctor Torrez worked with at the sleep center recommended a CPAP
machine, and it turned out to be a perfect fit -- she immediately started to
feel the benefits of using it every night.
She's also keeping her weight where it belongs through exercise and a
Torrez is traveling again with her husband and recently encountered another
person with sleep apnea at the airport. The telltale sign? The portable CPAP
"My life went from sad and depressing to fantastic and wonderful," says
Torrez. "I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t for the CPAP," she adds.
"It's like a miracle, and it’s helped me feel great about myself and my