Skipping Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight

Monday, July 8th, 2013, 8:31 pm

A study published in the July issue of the journal Sleep found that healthy adults who stayed up late and didn’t get enough sleep were more likely to gain weight.

The midnight refrigerator raid has long been the subject of jokes and cartoons – think of Dagwood making one of his famous sandwiches in the middle of the night! The increased calories taken in during this time can lead to extreme weight gain.

The study showed that people who were sleep deprived and only spent four hours in bed, from 4 am to 8 am for five consecutive nights ate an average of 553 more calories during their late night snacking sessions. That equals eating an extra Big Mac every day. The control subjects were in bed for 10 hours each night from 10 pm to 8 am. Most sleep physicians suggest that adults get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep per night for optimum health.

Other than staying up too late every night, there are a lot of other reasons for sleep problems. One sleep problem that has also been linked to weight gain is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea patients stop breathing during sleep – this can happen many, many times per hour and leaves the patient groggy and sleepy the following day. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea is linked to heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other systemic illness. Weight gain is a common problem for sleep apnea sufferers and those who are obese are also more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

CPAP therapy is common but many patients cannot tolerate the masks and hoses that go along with CPAP. An oral appliance, created by a dentist with training in treating sleep apnea patients, is an excellent treatment that most people find comfortable and easy to use. Patients who are treating their sleep apnea report more energy and improved health.

Find out more about oral appliance therapy by contacting Dr. Joseph Wilbanks in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439. Find out how you can have a better night’s sleep using an oral appliance.


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