Weight Gain

Because sleep is the foundation of health, lack of sleep can affect your entire body. One possible consequence is the inability to maintain a healthy body weight—i.e., the inability to lose weight or actual weight gain.

The Health Risks of Weight Gain

Weight gain, particularly when the amount equals or exceeds 10% of your baseline body weight, is hard on your body. Excess weight:

  • Increases blood glucose levels, increasing your risk for diabetes
  • Puts more pressure on bones and joints, increasing inflammation (i.e. arthritis) and pain
  • Increases levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs, commonly called “bad cholesterol”), triglycerides and homocysteine, all risk factors for cardiovascular disease

Excess weight can also negatively impact your self-esteem and confidence, and that can lead to depression, anxiety and self-defeating behaviors like avoiding social interaction that make matters worse.

Poor Sleep – Weight Gain Cycle

The relationship between poor sleep and weight gain creates a vicious cycle:

In order to decrease your risk and avoid other obesity-related illnesses, you must seek treatment for your sleep problem. CPAP, the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment, may help you to lose weight without making any significant lifestyle changes. This strategy may be preferable for those whose weight is already causing joint and/or mobility issues.

If a weight loss regimen is possible, you should adhere to diet and exercise recommendations from your doctor. Sleep apnea severity can reduce on its own with a weight loss of 10% or more.

Evaluation and Treatment for Obesity and Overweight

As part of integrated care for patients with sleep disorders, Dr. Ramasamy will analyze and discuss with patients, in the perspective of personalized medicine, the causes and treatments specifically for the individual’s weight issue (overweight or obesity).

If you suspect a sleep problem is contributing to your weight gain or inability to lose weight, contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Poor sleep may be the cause of your weight gain. Get treatment for a better night’s rest. Call Neurology & Sleep Medicine to schedule a consultation.

Sleep: The Foundation of Your Health—We Can Strengthen It.