Connecting Sleep Problems & Weight Gain
Maintaining and sustaining your weight is an everyday battle and at times, life’s challenges get prioritized over your health. This can reflect in your lifestyle choices, sleep schedule, and more.
Sleep apnea makes it harder to feel energized and ready to tackle the next day because you’re losing sleep. But it affects more than just your energy — sleep apnea has been linked to considerable weight gain and further health problems, like Type 2 Diabetes.
Fortunately, Dr. Brown and our team have the well-rounded experience and advanced techniques needed to effectively treat your condition. Learn about sleep apnea, weight gain, and how to manage the two.
Lose Weight to Eliminate Your Symptoms
Substantial weight loss has been shown to improve sleep apnea symptoms by almost 60 percent. It’s a lasting, effective treatment for the condition when achieved through regular exercise and healthy eating. Losing weight can be a powerful tool in alleviating pressure on your airway, removing the blockage caused by sleep apnea.
Weight loss can provide you with a number of benefits, such as:
- Improved mood
- Boost in self-confidence
- Lower risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
- Increased lifespan
- A good night’s rest
A Balanced Diet & Regular Exercise
Losing weight can be challenging at first, but it can be incredibly rewarding in the long run. Making small changes is an effective way to start trimming inches off your waistline.
Here are a few easy things you can try to kick start your weight loss:
- Drink at least eight glasses of water each day
- Nourish your body with nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, and grains
- Start a new hobby that gets your blood flowing
- Take a walk around the neighborhood
- Join an aerobic or yoga class with a friend
- Discover a new community to share your victories with
You don’t have to be extreme to see and enjoy the benefits of shedding a few pounds. Less than an hour a day of physical activity can reduce sleep apnea symptoms and improve your overall health.
Sleep Apnea & Weight FAQs
Why does sleep apnea cause weight gain?
When the body is sleep-deprived, you make less leptin, which directly affects weight gain. Both sleep apnea and weight gain can exacerbate one another, leading to low quality sleep, even more weight gain, and health risks.
If weight is a factor for your sleep apnea, Dr. Brown will recommend ways to alleviate your symptoms such as exercising and following a well-balanced diet.
Does sleep apnea affect metabolism?
Leaving your sleep apnea untreated can increase your risk of higher blood sugar levels, stress hormones, and blood pressure. These increases will affect a person’s metabolism, leading to weight gain.
Can treating sleep apnea help you lose weight?
If you treat your sleep apnea with a CPAP machine or oral appliance, while also following a calorie-restricted diet, you can lose weight. Dr. Brown and our team can help provide you with a proper diet and exercise plan that will decrease your sleep apnea symptoms.
Conquer Your Sleep Apnea Today
Here at Mt. Hood Family Dental, the comfort and health of our patients is important to us. That’s why we take the time to understand your unique condition to determine what’s best for you.
If you’re ready to start sleep apnea treatment, contact our practice at (503) 427-9587 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Brown. We’ll help you get back on track toward a better night’s rest.