Providing Health and Well Being Through Proper Sleep Will Change Your Life
Obesity and Sleep Health

Sleep is essential to keeping ourselves healthy. It can affect all areas of your life. Sleep deprivation may be a key factor for why you have trouble losing weight. There appears to be a link between getting too little sleep and weighing more. It is important to understand this link, so you can best treat the conditions going forward.

How Sleep Deprivation can Lead to Obesity

People who lack sleep may:

  • Have a hard time exercising

    People who do not get enough sleep may have a difficult time exercising. This is because they may simply be too tired to be able to get this done. If people do not burn enough calories during the day, they may gain weight. When you are tired, it is hard to get motivated.

  • Eat more

    When you are tired, you may also find yourself eating more. Since you have more waking hours, you also have more time to eat. You may find yourself eating more just because you have more time to fill during the day. You may eat your breakfast earlier and then end up eating additional snacks or meals.

  • Have a hormonal imbalance

    If you do not get enough sleep, your hormones may be off. Lack of sleep disrupts the blaance of the hormones that control your appetite. You may feel more hungry than usual.

Complications of Obesity

Obestity can bring along with it a variety of complications that you need to look out for:

  • Diabetes

    Obesity can be especially harmful to children and cause them to develop type 2 diabetes. When diabetes is uncontrolled it can lead to hypertension and an increased risk of heart attack. It also can damage vital organs, such as the kidneys and eyes. The earlier in life this condition develops, the more long-term damage may occur.

  • Sleep apnea

    Sleep apea is also an area of concern for both children and adults. It is many times associated with obesity. When someone gains weight, the risk for developing sleep disorders involving breathing increases because the respiratory function is compromised. Sleep apnea can also contribute to obesity. When someone is not getting enough sleep, it can impair metabolism and affect hormone levels. If this happens, the ability to process sugar in the blood declines.

If you are having problems with your weight or sleep apnea, it is important to fully understand your condition. Set up a Sleep Health Consultation today.