Sleep Your Way to Weight Loss

If you’ve tried to lose weight, you know it’s not easy. But for some of us, it’s even more difficult. Some dieters who are eating less and exercising more still have a hard time dropping those extra pounds. Why? One answer may lie in their sleep habits. It’s a vicious cycle. You gain weight, which causes your sleep to be worse, and you have worse sleep, which causes you to gain weight.  

Dr. Pamela Tronetti, medical director of the Parrish Senior Consultation Center, will discuss natural ways to promote weight loss, good nutrition and sleep more soundly.  

If you or someone you know suffers from sleep problems, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting on Monday, November 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit). The meetings are held in the Conference Center by the south entrance (near the sleep lab). This is a free community service. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.  

Free sleep evaluations are done by a registered technologist at every meeting. One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Sleep apnea can result in depression, diabetes and morning headaches. Sleep apnea also contributes to high blood pressure, which an estimated 50 percent of sleep apnea patients have. The greatest risk from this sleep disorder, however, is stroke or heart attack. Everyone (you, someone you know or anyone with a sleep partner) who suffers from the sleep apnea warning signs mentioned above should take these symptoms seriously.
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