When Karen's husband Jason sleeps, his snoring is so bad that it keeps him from getting a good night's rest. He says he even feels more tired when he wakes up. Though he's only 35, Jason says he feels like he's 45.
Before the show, Dr. Oz analyzed Jason. He found that Jason is diabetic and has hypertension. His health isn't that of a 45-year-old—it's more like that of a 55-year-old!
For people who can't sleep, Dr. Oz has some quick advice. First, try going to bed at the same time every night, even on weekends. Also, if you can't fall asleep after 15 minutes, get up and try meditating to break the rhythm of insomnia.
By looking at the tape of Jason sleeping, Dr. Oz says it appears that he has sleep apnea, a condition where people stop breathing for up to 10 seconds in a row. This cycle of suffocation and gasping for air can happen 400 times a night. "That's like a series of rear-end collisions that are destroying your heart and your brain," Dr. Oz says.
The best way to treat sleep apnea is to lose weight. "If you lose five percent of your weight, your sleep apnea symptoms go down by 30 percent," Dr. Oz says. "That's a big deal."