Is Snoring Making You Fat?
If you think your snoring is harmless, think again. If your snores are loud enough to make the windows rattle in their frames, the people in your house are probably being kept awake. If you snore persistently, you’re probably breathing through your mouth, thereby increasing the likelihood of bad breath. If you snore all night long and feel tired all day, every day, your snoring could be making you gain weight. What do the sounds you make as you sleep have to do with your waistline?
I’ve mentioned the dangers of sleep apnea before, so you probably already know that those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to:
- Have high blood pressure and strokes
- Have diabetes
- Have heart disease and heart attacks
- Have accidents as a result of being over-tired
One thing you may not know is that OSA also causes weight gain. Here’s how:
- When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces too much of the hormone ghrelin, which tells you that you’re hungry
- Your body also produces too little of the hormone leptin, which sends a message that you’re full
- When you’re constantly exhausted, you lack the energy your body needs to exercise
- You also crave carbohydrates, which are processed by your body as sugar
It’s a Vicious Cycle
Being overweight is one of the risk factors of OSA, but it’s also a complication: Your apnea could improve if you lost weight, but you’re too tired to do anything that might help you do so. The only way to break the cycle is to seek treatment. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, I can help by providing a customized oral appliance that will properly position your oral structures, allowing you to get the sleep that you need to thrive. The benefits of an oral appliance is that it is comfortable, portable, makes no noise, and is effective regardless of your sleeping position.
There is no reason to suffer from OSA symptoms when treatment is available. Put an end to the constant exhaustion, health concerns, and weight gain and call my office today.
Yours in health,