Is sleep apnea and weight gain linked? Well, have you ever had a great night sleep and were full of energy for a day of work? Did you reach for anything and everything to eat and drink? No? Well let me ask you another question. Have you ever had a really poor nights sleep and then the next day at work you were craving just about everything? From sweetened coffees to cakes. Everything!
Having a bad night sleep and especially sleep apnea can cause some really bad eating habits. But that’s not all that it can have negative effects on. Sleep Apnea and weight gain is related in other ways too.
Let’s say that you’ve had a poor sleep. The next day after work, instead of going to the gym, you’re probably going to skip that and watch a movie at home with popcorn and snacks. Let’s face it, I think that we have all done this at least a couple of times. But for most of us, this happens on a semi regular basis.
And you’re too tired to make dinner so you pick up some convenient take out on the way home from work.
What Does Your Day Look Like After A Poor Night Sleep?
So let’s recap a day where you haven’t slept well. You wake up tired so you snooze longer than usual. Now you’re running late for work so you either grab some snack out of the pantry to eat on the way to work or you get some sort of take out. Then at work you drink about 4 coffees and have several snacks to keep you awake during the day. Then on the way home you get take out as you are too tired to cook. You then finish the day with watching a movie with your dinner and some extra snacks. And you can’t sleep as you haven’t done any exercise and ate junk food all day.
This happens on a regular basis for many people. The sleep apnea and weight connection is real and the better we can sleep the less likely our day will look like the one above. Instead, it may look more like this…
What Does Your Day Look Like After A Good Night Sleep?
You wake up feeling refreshed from a good night sleep. You have enough time to make a healthy breakfast and lunch for the day. When you finish work you head straight to the gym for a workout. Then make dinner and play with your kids or go for a walk. You then read a book before bed and have another great night sleep.
The Sleep Apnea And Weight Connection
As you can see, there is a big difference between the 2 days described above. Eating well and exercising have very positive effects on sleep. And so does meditation or reading a book before bed. Something that slows your mind before bed so that you are relaxed and can sleep easily.
If you keep having days like the first day described above, then you are more likely to keep having those days. You need to break the habit and do some exercise after work. Even if you’re tired.
Sleep apnea and weight is very closely connected. It is very difficult to lose weight if you are suffering from sleep apnea. It may be a good idea to try and solve these issues one at a time. Start with having a relaxing night time routine and switch off electronics at least 2 hours before bed. These things may help you sleep apnea. Then watch your weight drop as a very welcome side effect.
Over to you. Have you noticed a sleep apnea and weight connection? If so, we would love to hear your experiences. So post a comment below.