Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Secret Weight Loss Hormone Now Available for Free. Leptin Can Be Your Answer! Lose Weight /Cure Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea and weight(BMI)have long been linked. Leptin and ghrelin are two hormones that are intimately linked to sleep and weight loss or weight gain. Leptin is the hormone that helps suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism. Increases in Leptin will make it easier to lose wieght because the cravings and nervous eating are decreased by this powerful appetite suppressant. It is not available at pharmacies and not covered by insurance but you can start to receive free doses immediately.

People who sleep less hours produce less leptin and tend to have lower blood levels of leptin. Low levels of this important hormone that helps suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism causes weight gain. Poor sleep,as seen with untreated sleep apnea will aslo decrease leptin production. Sleep loss also tends to increase your level of the hormone ghrelin. Grehlin stimulates your appetite which makes trying to diet a difficult ordeal. As a result of these two hormones people who sleep less may crave more and eat more. They especially may crave and eat more foods that are unhealthy. Patients in studies with sleep restriction have been shown to crave sweets, starch and salty snacks as a result of that sleep restriction.


Dieters have stuggled for years with every conceivable type of diet to produce weight loss. Sleeping better may be the easy answer to solving your weight issues.

There are several cycles in sleep and control of thyroid hormone and insulin hormone as well as cortisol the stress hormone are also affected by poor sleep. Disrupted sleep seen with sleep apnea can exacerbate all of these issues. With better sleep we are more active during the day which also increases our metabolism. With sleep apnea our oxygen levels are lower and our physiology slows down. The first period of Delta Sleep is where our body produces the majority of Growth Hormone. If that is disrupted by sleep apnea we are more likely to build up fat in our bodies at the expense of lean muscles according to a Universit of Chicago study.

The "Sleep Diet" may be the answer you have been looking for and a part of solving our national health crisis. Obesity in the U.S. is rising at an alarming pace among all age groups and all races and both sexes. The majority of Americans are overweight or obese with estimates of 60-75% of the population falling in these categories. The weight alone increases risks of high blood pressure,cancer and cardiovacular diseases including atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

Research has shown many intriguing links between sleep quality, sleep quantity and BMI. Sleeping fewer hours tends increse the BMI to higher levels than people who sleep longer. Numerous studies have linked sleep to some of the hormones that help control body weight and appetite. There is no question about the link of sleep to insulin resistance and sugar metabolism. Obstructive sleep apnea probably repesents the single biggest risk of obesity because apnea is resposible fer massive in several health risks. Even mild sleep apnea and/or snoring related arousals can disrupt sleep patterns sufficienty to destroy normal sleep patterns and hormonal controls.

While good sleep may not be a total answer for obesity there is no doubt that improving the quality and quantity of healthy sleep will make weight loss easier both emotionally and physically on patients.

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