Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain

There has always been a correlation between being overweight and having sleep apnea. Of course like I have written in a past post you don’t have to be overweight to have Sleep Apnea. But does sleep apnea make you gain weight?

There are many reasons why being overweight can bring on sleep apnea. As you gain weight the excess tissue in the back of your mouth grows causing more blockages. Also when you gain weight your neck becomes thicker causing more blockages in the throat. Being overweight can also cause heart problems and a host of other problems. Losing weight certainly is a healthy goal for anyone.

But does sleep apnea actually cause weight gain?

If you have sleep apnea, then you know how tiring it is to do anything. When we are tired we tend to eat things that have a lot of sugar in them for energy. It is a quick fix that we all do. The energy runs out but calories stick around and turn into pounds. And exercise is also out of the question because of sleep apnea, once again you probably just don’t have the energy.

Another thing that can cause weight gain is something called the Krebs cycle where lack of sleep causes the body’s’ metabolism to slow down and without metabolism the weight will stay on your body.

Now it is important to remember that once you get your sleep apnea under control, the weight won’t just fall off automatically. You will still have to eat right and more importantly you will have to exercise. The good thing is that you will feel better and be more apt to tackle exercise and eating right.

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