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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How Is Snoring Linked to Weight Gain?

A recent article written by a Philadelphia sleep specialist for Philly.com discussed the effect snoring can have on the body’s ability to retain a healthy weight. Though snoring is often an indicator of weight gain, particularly in the face and neck area, the opposite relationship can also occur.

When a person snores during sleep, he/she is having difficulty breathing. Interruptions to the air flow consequently diminish the quality of sleep. Thus, daytime fatigue is a common symptom of chronic snoring.

If you snore at night and feel exhausted during the day, your appetite will increase and your capacity for activity will decrease. Taken together, these effects can lead to weight gain and difficulty losing said weight.

Snoring can negatively affect health in other ways which, when combined with weight gain, can cause severe issues over time. Potential complications from snoring include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions
  • Diabetes
Snoring is also a sign of sleep apnea, a disorder where breathing actually stops for brief periods of time during rest. Sleep apnea can also lead to daytime fatigue, weight gain, and many of the serious conditions discussed above.

Please contact a qualified sleep specialist in your community or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to begin exploring treatment options for snoring, sleep apnea, or other issues interrupting your ability to get a good night’s rest.

posted by Admin at 11:48 AM