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