Obesity and Sleep Disorders

The percentage of American adults and children who are either overweight or obese (Body Mass Index greater than 30) is increasing every day. Much of this is because many people are eating more (super-sized portions) and exercising less. While it is well known that obese individuals have a higher chance of having Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition where breathing stops and Oxygen levels drop during sleep, recent research shows that Obstructive Sleep Apnea can actually cause obesity because a person become so tired from lack of quality sleep, they become less apt to exercise or lead a more active lifestyle. Obesity, by itself, when not linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, can also contribute to a sleep disturbance because the person may not be able to rest comfortably in bed because of their obesity.

Obesity, Obstructive Sleep Apnea And Diabetes

There is a link between the three above conditions. A decrease in the amount of sleep affects the body's ability to process glucose. This can cause a problem with diabetes management.

Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Successful treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can result in an increase in daytime energy. Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea involves the use of a small mask (CPAP) to open up the airway and "unblock" the obstruction. Patients often report a new enthusiasm for life after successful treatment. This increased energy may lead to a person exercising more or being increasingly active in general, and therefore reducing their overall body weight. Improved quality and length of sleep can certainly improve daytime wellness.

Weight Loss And Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Significant weight loss for obese individuals can lessen the severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea or, in some cases, actually eliminate the problem. Diet and exercise are always the first option for weight loss, but maintaining significant weight loss can sometimes be difficult. Gastric Bypass Surgery can be an alternative way to achieve permanent weight loss.