Respiratory problems include breathing difficulties such as asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, emphysema, heart disease and anxiety. One of the health condition leading to breathing difficulties is obesity or being overweight

Large Waist Size

Men and women with abdominal obesity are at risk of difficulty in breathing. The excess belly fat pushes the diaphragm and chest wall making it hard for lungs to fill with air leading to breathing difficulties

Normal range of waist circumference should be less than or equal to 80 cm for women and less than or equal to 90 cm for men of Indian origin.

Obesity & Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where in during night times while sleeping there is difficulty in breathing which lasts for few seconds at a time, multiple times. Many of the times it may go unnoticed as u mostly don’t wake up fully to notice it. One of the risk factors for shortness of breath is being obese or having abdominal fat.

A commons sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.

symptoms :

  • excessive day time sleep
  • loud snoring
  • morning headache
  • nighttime sweating
  • difficulty in concentrating

Home remedies :

  • lose weight
  • exercise daily
  • quit smoking
  • sleep on your side instead on your back.


A healthy lifestyle and proper dietary plans may reduce the risk of developing breathing difficulties. Make efforts to reduce weight if you’re obese. A reasonable goal for weight loss is to try to lose 1 to 2 lbs. per week by reducing the number of calories that you eat and by increasing the number of calories that you burn through exercise. Make sure you consult your dietician before going on weight loss plan.

Obstructive sleep Apnoea can pose long term health consequences, like Hypertension, Headaches, heart failure, Depression and poor life satisfaction. Consult a doctor so that the problem can be looked in to, with appropriate tests which include sleep studies.





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