Both Sleep Apnea and weight gain are closely related, most of the time you have both or one can cause another.
For weight gain in people with sleep apnea, it is a pretty logical factor….say you are feeling sleepy at work so you think it is because your body is hungry or needs energy……you are too tired to go to the gym after work…….when your body wakes up at night you may wander into the kitchen for a snack……and on and on. Your metabolism is going crazy!
- Avoid Caffeine; this can be in tea, coffee or soft drinks
- Exercise, but at least 3 hours prior to bedtime
- Avoid eating near bedtime
- Eat healthy snacks and avoid heavy meals
For people that are overweight, your chance of having sleep apnea increases. The physical presence of extra tissue and fat in the neck compresses the area related to sleep apnea. The airway becomes more narrow, while the organs and tissues swell—making for very little room for the traveling oxygen.
The worst part of this is that not only does obesity have an association with sleep apnea, but sleep apnea as well as resultant poor sleep, tends to cause people to eat more. There seems to be a relationship between hunger and satiety hormones and sleep deprivation. This all becomes a vicious cycle if you don't stop it. Call us to come in for a free consultation. We may be
able to help you get healthy again.