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Weight, SLEEP APNEA and hypothyroid

By The Lucy Rose Clinic

June 3, 2020

Sleep apnea is often a symptom of hormone imbalance, thyroid hormone issues, and excessive weight and/or systemic inflammation.

Todays blog highlights how a holistic approach can address the root cause and correct sleep apnea.

✤ Plus a testimonial from a lady who got off her CPAP machine!

A good night sleep is not missed until it’s gone!

But it is a big problem and one we help many people overcome every day.

Did you know…?

  • 40% of people age 40 to 59 reported that they are getting less than recommended amounts of sleep.
  • 4-9% of middle-aged men and 2-4% of women suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea – what is it and how does it present?

In adults, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is excess weight and obesity, which is associated with soft tissue of the mouth and throat. People with sleep apnea can stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.

During sleep, when throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed, this soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked resulting in extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable.

Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, waking up with breathlessness, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache. Having obstructive sleep apnea puts you at risk for a number of other conditions, including high blood pressure and stroke.

It is extremely common with thyroid disorders. Many people with low thyroid hormone have an increased weight range, have a fatter tongue, and can sleep so deeply that they don’t wake easily from breathing irregularities through the night.

It is estimated that 30% of patients with an existing thyroid health issue suffer with sleep apnea.

Needless to say, this is not a good situation for long term health, and many people end up using CPAP machines which need to be specially fitted to the patient.

These machines prove to successfully manage most cases, but the major complaint is the discomfort of having to wear a mask to bed, dry mouth and getting used to a new way of sleeping.

If you use a CPAP or similar device, please do not stop using it! Todays email highlights the POTENTIAL healing benefits that a functional health program can have for sleep apnea, when followed with a treatment protocol and direction by a naturopath and in accordance to your doctors guidance.


Losing just 10% of body weight can have a big effect on sleep apnea symptoms. In some cases, losing a significant amount of weight can even cure the condition – as stated in Harvard Health blog.

However, many people really struggle with weight loss due to other factors – most unknown. Functional medicine aims to discover all the factors behind the weight, and assist the body to rebalance by addressing the root cause of the symptoms.

Often the root cause is vitamin and mineral imbalance, glandular fatigue or burnout, other medical conditions, overly toxic burden in the body, and incorrect diet for the person.


Have a look in the mirror and poke out your tongue. If it is thicker or has teeth imprints in the sides , that is an iodine deficiency sign and present when thyroid hormones are sub-optimal.

Considering that 30% of thyroid patients suffer with sleep apnea, the sooner you act to address any health symptoms, the better.

Prevention is always better than cure, so if you have any of the initial signs, I recommend that you call us to discuss how we can correct your thyroid hormones.


  • Heavy irregular periods
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Perimenopause symptoms
  • Tiredness & Sluggishness
  • Dryer Hair or Skin
  • Sleep More Than Usual
  • Weaker Muscles
  • Constant Feeling of cold
  • Poorer Memory – brain fog
  • Puffier Eyes
  • Difficulty with Math
  • Weigh gain easily
  • Outer third of eyebrows sparse
  • Clumsy – unsteady gait
  • Irregular periods
  • Carpel Tunnel
  • Heart rate fluctuations
  • Overly stressed
  • Waking up tired
  • Skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes and allergies
  • Mid afternoon fatigue or napping
  • Sleep issues

Patient Success!

✮✮✮ Barbara is one of our patient’s who discovered through our thorough testing that she had an autoimmune imbalance affecting her thyroid.

After only 6 weeks of treatment, she reported that she no longer was on her CPAP machine! The really cool thing about this is that Barbara wasn’t even overweight. The driving factor for her was her over-active immune system and once that was calmed down with correct diet and herbal medicine, her sleep apnea went away.

That is really cool!

We would love to hep you with your health too! If you’re interested, just CLICK HERE to book your 1st free call.

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