Sleep matters–it’s as simple as that. And, when we don’t get enough sleep, it can cause us to gain weight. Due to the production of excessive amounts of Ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone, and insufficient amounts of Leptin, an appetite-suppressing hormone, we find ourselves gaining more weight than ever before. Let’s take a look at sleeping well and losing weight.
Why You Need to Sleep Better
Not only do you produce more appetite-stimulating hormones and less appetite-suppressing hormones, you will also find you are fatigued and less active. When this occurs, you might turn to that “couch potato” lifestyle of watching TV and laying around all day. While this can be relaxing, if you do it often, it could cause you to gain more weight, as it provides more time and opportunity to eat.
Additionally, with a lack of sleep due to sleep apnea, you can continue to remain overweight while experiencing a hard time losing weight. Several studies have been conducted to show the correlation between weight and sleep. By seeking proper treatment, you can not only get a better night’s sleep, but you can also begin to lose weight.
Contact Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on sleep, weight and how we can help by providing sleep apnea care.