The most common recommendation for people to get rid of sleep apnea is to lose weight. The theory is that losing weight gets can rid of the fat that blocks the windpipe.

I have decided to put this theory to the test to see if it works. In this section of the blog I will track my weight loss progress and conduct my own personal sleep apnea weight loss experiment.

The CPAP machine that I use tracks my sleep apnea statistics every night. I will take these statistics from my sleep apnea machine and load them into a software called sleepyhead for analysis.  As I lose weight I will analyze how my sleep apnea reports change. I will see if there’s any correlation between weight loss and whether or not that correlates to an improvement in my sleep apnea statistics.

I addition to sleep apnea I also have the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Itchy skin
  • Rashes on my skin
  • Feeling bloated and not healthy

My main goal of this sleep apnea weight loss experiment is to determine the effect of weight loss on my sleep apnea. But it will also be interesting to see if any of the above conditions also improve as a result of my weight loss.

To begin my sleep apnea weight loss experiment I have compiled my sleep apnea statistics and monitored my weight for 18 nights.

I will be monitoring and analyzing the following statistics:

  • Therapy pressure
  • Expiratory EPAP
  • Air displaced per minute
  • Rate of breaths per minute
  • Mask leakage
  • Time taken to breathe in
  • Time taken to breathe out
  • Tidal volume air displaced per breath

My average weight for the 18 days was 228.5.

These are my initial CPAP statistics at the average weight of 228.5 for the 18 day prior to starting to lose weight:

                                                 CPAP Statistic Weighted Average Maximum Average Maximum
Therapy pressure 7.06 12 10.79
Expiratory EPAP 5.46 8.8 7.79
Air displaced per minute 5.53 26.75 15.56
Rate of breaths per minute 16.47 50 39.11
Mask Leakage 1.56 39.6 15.07
Time taken to breathe in 1.68 7.78 6.22
Time taken to breathe out 1.99 7.12 4.56
Tidal volume air displaced per breath 329.57 1000 822.22

Now I will begin to lose weight and continue monitoring my CPAP results.

In the next post in my sleep apnea weight loss experiment I will see if there are any improvements in my sleep apnea statistics.