New study findings are shedding light on the link between weight gains and sleep disorders like sleep apnea. One thing’s clear: it can be a vicious cycle. Not getting enough sleep leads to weight gain, and weight gain can make sleep apnea worse. Since a lot of sleep apnea patients find full-face CPAP face mask not conducive to good sleep, many are looking elsewhere for a better solution.
Inadequate Sleep Leads to Packing on the Pounds
According to the International Journal of Obesity, middle-aged women who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to gain weight compared to peers who got to sleep the ideal eight hours. Another study from the University of Colorado Boulder found that men who slept as little as five hours every night can put on as much as two pounds in just one week.
What’s worse is that not getting enough sleep can make you gain weight even if you try to exercise and try to eat well.
How Sleep Affects Our Hormones
Sleep-related weight gain has a lot to do with how lack of sleep disturbs our hormones.
- More Ghrelin
Grehlin is the hormone responsible for telling us to eat. When we don’t get enough sleep, the production of grehlin is stimulated.
- Less Leptin
If grehlin makes you want to eat, leptin gives you the signal to stop. It makes us feel satisfied and full, which makes us stop eating. Less sleep means less leptin.
This hormonal imbalance happens in the background, so it’s almost impossible to detect it until you see the numbers on the scale, and that’s just the beginning.
Sleep Deprivation and Insulin
Researchers coined the term “metabolic grogginess” to define what happens to the body’s fat cells with a few days of inadequate sleep. Sleep deprivation has a profound effect on how our bodies process insulin.
Without enough sleep, the cells block the efforts of insulin to deliver glucose into those same cells. And when insulin is not functioning well, these cells are unable to remove lipids and fatty acids from your bloodstream.
Over time, the body can become insulin-resistant, causing your body to pump out even more insulin to deal with the increase of fats in your blood.
Eventually, all this excess insulin will result to fat storage in liver tissues and other wrong places in the body. Left untreated, it doesn’t only lead to weight gain or obesity, but it can develop into full-blown diabetes. Fortunately, the latest CPAP technology can stop this process right on its tracks.
Gain Control Over Your Weight with a Good Night’s Sleep
The good news is that simply getting enough sleep can break the weight-gain cycle. For sleep apnea patients, the development of strapless CPAP mask like the CPAP Pro and the CPAP Pro II means a much better chance of sleeping through the night. Without all those bulky headgear and straps, issues like claustrophobia, skin irritation, and general discomfort are eliminated.
Struggling with your weight due to sleep apnea? Let our specialists explain how the CPAP Pro can help provide the solution.