New Year’s Resolutions are a good way for people to set self-improvement goals. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of people fail to keep their resolutions. But you don’t have to be one of them. You can achieve your resolutions this year, and we can help.

Many times the deck is stacked against you when you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea makes it much harder to accomplish many common resolutions, but with sleep apnea treatment, you may find that it’s much easier to do what you set out to do.

Lose Weight

Probably the most common New Year’s resolution, and one of the most failed as well. People with sleep apnea have a hard time losing weight for many reasons. Sleep apnea interferes with your body’s hormones, so that you are more likely to retain weight and less likely to lose it, even if you reduce calories and increase exercise.

Sleep apnea also interferes with any resolution that requires willpower. If you’re not sleeping properly at night, you are more likely to succomb to temptations and urges, including snacks and treats that are off your diet.

Exercise More

Another popular resolution, often a companion to the one above, this one also has a tendency to get dropped. Unfortunately, sleep apnea can interfere with this one, too. Not only do people with sleep apnea face the willpower problem mentioned above, but sleep apnea reduces your exercise capacity, as measured with VO2 Max. It’s harder to exercise more when your lungs just won’t let you. Treating sleep apnea will make it easier for you to hit the gym and stay there longer.

Quit Smoking

Middle aged man sitting at a park, smoking a cigaretteQuitting smoking requires a lot of willpower, and that’s something that people with sleep apnea are short on, as we’ve mentioned.

But another reason why people turn to smoking is that they feel the need for a stimulant in the middle of their day, which nicotine is. If you’re not sleeping properly at night, you feel sleepy during the day and, as a result, you find yourself reaching for the pick-me-up you’ve relied on for years. Sleep apnea treatment will help you stay awake and stay away from cigarettes.

Get an Education

Many people who resolve to get a better education are trying to go to school around their jobs. This means long hours working and studying. Sleep apnea can make it hard for people to stay up for studying.

Sleep apnea also affects your ability to focus, and it can lead to impaired memory. No matter what field you’re studying, improved focus and memory will help you get ahead.

Save Money

There are many ways that sleep apnea treatment can help you save money in the coming year. Of course, it will help you resist all those temptations you see every day when you’re shopping so you can stay on budget. You can also avoid costly car accidents and tickets that can increase  your insurance costs.

But the most important way that sleep apnea treatment saves you money is by reducing your medical bills. People with sleep apnea pay up to twice as much in medical bills as those without.

If you are looking for some help keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year, please call (402) 493-4175 for an appointment with an Omaha sleep dentist at the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center today.