Weight Loss with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Hypnosis may be useful in weight loss with obstructive sleep apnoea. The following research summarizes clinical findings on the effectiveness of hypnosis on this condition.

Research Summary: Randomised, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment. Measured weight lost at 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months after dietary advice and hypnotherapy, as a percentage of original body weight.

Key Findings: All three groups lost 2-3% of their body weight at three months. At 18 months only the hypnotherapy group (with stress reduction) still showed a significant (P < 0.02), but small (3.8 kg), mean weight loss compared to baseline. Analysed over the whole time period the hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatment arms (P < 0.003), which were not significantly different from each other.


Source: Stradling J, Roberts D, Wilson A, Lovelock F. (1998, Mar). Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, 22(3), 278-81

Further informationhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9539198

Discussion: Do you or someone you know have problems with losing weight and would like help handling this condition? What are your views on the findings of this research? Leave a comment below.

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