Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
If you’re eating well and exercising regularly, but still struggling to shed excess weight, one possible reason may be that you’re not getting enough sleep. Researchers are finding a link between sleep disorders and weight gain. It can be a vicious cycle that produces more sleep deprivation and packing on more pounds.
“If you don’t sleep well, you can’t get well,” sums up cardiologist and educator at Pritikin, Ronald Scheib, MD, FACC. Sleep disorders cause a wealth of problems, such as daytime fatigue, irritability, headaches, foggy thinking, and the inevitable gaining of weight. And being sleep-deprived make if more difficult to shed excess weight.
Hormones Play a Key Role
How lack of sleep and the disorder known as sleep apnea affect your ability to control weight has everything to do with your bodily hormones. There are three key players that regulate weight gain versus quality of sleep. They include:
- Ghrelin – This is a “go” hormone. It tells a person to go eat, go play, go work, and everything in between. When the sleep apnea sufferer is sleep deprived, that person’s body produces more ghrelin. Often termed the hunger hormone, ghrelin travels through your bloodstream and to your brain, where it tells your brain to become hungry and seek out food.
- Leptin – Leptin is the “stop” hormone. It lets you know when you’re full and satisfied, and that it’s time to stop eating. Lack of sleep produces less leptin and more ghrelin.
- Insulin – Another hormone affected by sleep disorders, insulin attempts to ferry glucose into our cells. If this is blocked by not sleeping well, your body’s cells resist insulins’ efforts and weight is gained. This can even lead to diabetes. Insulin also promotes the release of leptin, therefore being sleep-deprived and your cells rejecting this hormone, it means more eating and more weight gain
A Solution with Dr. Mensah
Shedding pounds takes time, and sleep deprivation hampers weight loss efforts. Once a patient is able to sleep well with the help of a sleep professional, chances of losing weight improve substantially. The benefits of discovering special sleep testing and therapies with Dr. Mensah in Mebane, NC are discussed with you to make certain a diagnosis can be treated. Enjoying countless night’s of proper sleep is why we’re here to help you.
One phone call to our office and you’re well on your way to the restful night you deserve.