Sleep disorders are a common problem for people who are obese. According to a 2003 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 77 percent of obese adults report some type of sleep problem.
For sleep apnea specifically, obesity can contribute to the sleep disorder because of increased neck size and excess fat in the throat area. Sleep apnea episodes are caused when the throat relaxes into the airway during sleep, thereby blocking the flow of oxygen.
Similarly, sleep apnea can contribute to causing obesity. As the NSF points out, if you are tired every day because you cannot get enough restful sleep, you are much less likely to find the motivation and energy to exercise regularly. You can also misread your body’s need for sleep as hunger, causing you to intake more calories.
Some studies have found that, as nights of sleeplessness build up, your metabolism and hormone levels are affected. Your body may not metabolize sugar properly, and certain hormone disruptions can affect your weight.
With treatment for sleep apnea, you may be able to pursue a more active lifestyle. As you regain a healthy sleep pattern, you may find you have more energy and motivation to achieve your weight loss goals.
If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea in Virginia, contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation to learn more about diagnosis and treatment.