I’ve heard time and again from former sufferers of the obstructive sleep apnea condition that found their way out of it via a simple — thought not always easy, of course — method. Losing weight.
As noted a commenter under a recent poll about the condition that we ran here on OverdriveOnline.com, some people with sleep apnea end up getting treated and improving the quality of their sleep, which, combined with diet modifications and a regular exercise regime, can lead to weight loss. Following such a dramatic health improvement, getting re-tested with a sleep study could be in order to see whether you really need treatment any longer. The commenter made note of his wife’s situation — after losing weight, she no longer required the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine at night. In essence, the condition was “cured,” as it were.
We caught up with owner-operator Earl Atlandt, leased to Landstar, recently — while he’s never been diagnosed with apnea, he’s a success story in weight loss, as he told us. And his story shows that perseverance on a few simple changes can do the trick to shed the pounds. Hear his story in the video below.
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Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.