Sleeping on a schedule and obtaining uninterrupted rest can be a struggle for a lot of people. For those who fall into a higher BMI category, it can strongly affect not only your duration of sleep, but also the quality of the hours you do get. That’s why sleep and weight loss should not be thought of as separate entities, but as a symbiotic relationship. By sleeping better your body is more ready to take on the demands of losing weight. Similarly, weight loss can also help you sleep more soundly.
Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss
Weight plays a large role in the manifestation and severity of sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea causes your upper airways to collapse while you are sleeping, which triggers your brain to activate above a deep REM sleep level to make sure your breathing is adjusted back to safe functioning levels. This can cause a less than restful sleep because your body is continuously rebooting to make sure you are breathing.
This consistent collapse during sleep has other consequences as well. It can lead to upper airway resistance, stroke, obesity hypoventilation syndrome and even sudden death. By losing weight you can take pressure off of your upper body making your sleep apnea less severe, and in some cases you can resolve it all together.
You can sometimes renew balance between your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels and create a more restful sleep, as well as more comfortable waking hours. Other benefits can sometimes include improved heart and lung function with better regulation of bodily sugar levels.
Excess Weight Leads to Snoring
In some cases weight loss can reduce, and even get rid of, snoring. Fatty tissue and muscle tone can attribute to snoring, especially if you have large amounts of excess weight around your neck and chest. This weight can put pressure on your airways and create a snore that is actually your body struggling to breathe.
When you snore at night your body is using energy to create noise, and making your mouth dry and throat sore in the process. Your chances of achieving a restful sleep after spending the whole night snoring is very low. Losing that excess weight will most likely improve your sleep.
How Much Weight Makes A Difference?
Weight loss surgery is not an instant solution. Like any other journey in life, your path to a healthier future will take hard work, dedication and time. However, you can notice a distinct change in your sleep habits, energy levels and restfulness after as little as 6 months of dieting and exercise. It can seem daunting, but by losing as little as 5% of your body weight over that time, you can strongly impact your ability to gain a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is crucial for your overall health, and it becomes more and more important to have consistent restful sleep as you get older. Losing weight can make a major difference in how you sleep, and your health in general. If you’ve experienced difficulty losing weight, bariatric surgery might be a solution for you. Our team at Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center is here to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. To talk to our team about your options for weight loss surgery, schedule a consultation with our doctors today!