Does Sleep Apnea Cause Weight Gain?

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Seems like an odd association, doesn’t it? But if you have ever asked yourself why your weight is increasing the way it is, sleep apnea might be something you should look into.

The reason we gain weight might be the day to day activities we indulge in, or even some of our daily habits. Some people feel that sleep apnea can cause weight gain and vice-versa. The question however is: Does sleep Apnea cause weight gain? First, to be able to answer this question, it is important to understand what sleep apnea is and what its probable causes are.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Although many people presume it to be, but sleep apnea does not mean lack of sleep! It is a disorder that leads to shallow breaths when one is sleepy and can also cause the breath to pause for a little while, often causing the person to wake up from their sleep, snore or changes their sleep patterns. Some people might relate sleep apnea to snoring. Is it related? That is a tough question—in some cases, it is, while in others, it is not!

Since the body and brain are constantly working hard to keep you alive through the light breaths and pauses, the person suffering from sleep apnea tends to shift from light sleep, deep sleep and light sleep. It makes the person feel tired all the time.

How Does Sleep Apnea Cause Weight Gain?

Though many people are never able to detect the condition, it exists in many of us. Sleep Apnea leads to less or improper sleep, often making the person feels tired or exhausted during the day. As a result, the person is inclined to grab a quick bite to revitalize and energize the body to get it going again. This impromptu and improper eating habit can trigger an increase in weight over a period of time, and since it is so gradual, it generally goes unnoticed.

  • You can’t sleep at night, you try to grab a bite or snack in the kitchen causing you to overeat
  • Body is not rested enough and feels exhausted, making you go grab a bite again, leading to weight gain
  • Due to lack of sleep one feels exhausted, it brings down the zeal and energy to exercise

Weight gain cause sleep apnea since you eat and your vessels become constricted due to fat deposits and the body is not able to get proper air flow causing sleep apnea. Weight gain and sleep apnea are thus in close association in some cases.

Sleep Apnea Can Cause Other Problems:

Weight gain is not the only problem associated with sleep apnea. Some studies have proved that sleep apnea can also cause:

  • Increased risk of blood pressure, heart condition, obesity or increasing weight
  • Lead to increased risk of a heart failure
  • Cause problems like arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)

Since sleep apnea typically leadlack s to sleep deprivation, it can cause lack of interest, ability to concentrate, make one feel drowsy and sleepy at all times. But point of this article is can sleep apnea cause weight gain? Well, the relationship between the two is a complex one and any person who feels that there could be a reason to worry, should see their doctor immediately to avoid further complications. Please, do not use this article to self diagnose your symptoms! Not all of the problems stated above can be attributed to sleep apnea, so you should have a thorough check up before you reach a conclusion on your own.

Studies have proved that losing weight reduces sleep apnea to a certain extent. So if you are overweight, control the urges to eat, push yourself to the gym and lose weight to get your life back in control and fix the problem of sleep apnea. Very few things, after all, are as beautiful and soothing, as a good nights sleep!

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