Can being overweight affect your sleep?

There are lots of things people can live without but sleep isn’t one of them.

If you’re having trouble sleeping and are overweight or severely obese, your lack of sleep could lead to more serious health issues or further weight gain down the road.

Sleep apnea — a disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep — is a common cause of sleep problems. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and often occur five to 30 times or more an hour. There are various types of sleep apnea but obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is among the most widespread — and severe — and is especially common in people who are overweight.

In an obese person, the airway can become obstructed by large tonsils, an enlarged tongue and increased fat in the neck, which then press on the airway when the throat muscles are relaxed with sleep. When this happens, the oxygen level in the blood falls, stress on the heart increases and the blood pressure rises — all preventing a restful night’s sleep.

Lack of sleep: A domino affect
When a person doesn’t get enough sleep at night, it can lead to feeling sleepy during the day which makes it harder to begin or sustain any exercise program. When you’re less active, your metabolism slows down and your hormone levels are affected, both of which can cause weight gain. Also, many people often confuse the feeling of being tired with being hungry and have a tendency to eat when they’re actually sleepy — also leading to weight gain.

While obesity is known to contribute to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and heart attack, people often don’t make the connection between being overweight and having sleep issues. Specialists can help you explore weight-loss options that include weight-loss surgery and medical weight-management. They can help you can get on track to a healthier lifestyle and enjoy restful sleep once again.

Each of our programs is a certified Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. We offer four different weight-loss surgeries using the most advanced techniques to achieve significant, permanent weight loss:
• Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
• Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
• Sleeve gastrectomy
• Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

Our patients find that in addition to weight loss, they see improvement of other conditions related to being overweight, such as:
• Diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Urinary incontinence
• Depression
• Eating disorders
• Mental-health issues
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