Losing Weight Gets Complicated
In addition to hitting the gym, many people in Boston join weight loss programs, but sleep apnea becomes a serious obstacle. Weight gain and sleep apnea have a complicated, mutually reinforcing relationship. Gaining weight makes obstructive sleep apnea more likely as fat on or around your airway leads to increased obstruction and makes it more likely that your airway will collapse.
Unfortunately, once you have sleep apnea, it also makes weight gain more likely.
During sleep, your body performs vital functions for regulating your body’s metabolism. Sleep apnea disrupts the process, skewing your body’s metabolism in favor of using less energy and storing more of it as fat.
Being sleepy during the day makes you reach for aids to help you stay awake. Snacks are a common choice, as are caffeinated drinks, which often include high levels of fat and sugar. Even diet soda can increase your risk of weight gain.
Being tired during the day can increase your craving for junk food. In addition, tiredness impacts your impulse control, making it harder for you to resist the temptation to break whatever diet you’ve set out for yourself.
Often, getting sleep apnea treatment is the best weight loss program you can join.