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How Sleep Influences Your Weight

Posted by Carson eCommerce Collaborator on January 05, 2018. 0 Comments

Recent statistics released by Statistics Canada have shown that nearly half of Canadians struggle with sleep. Whether a symptom of a different condition or a result of a lifestyle, the statistics show that not enough Canadians are getting enough sleep, or that the quality isn’t sufficient. What you might not be aware of is that poor sleep can influence your weight. The reasons for poor sleep are numerous. Underlying mental health, disturbances such as snoring partners, or a poor sleeping environment. The results on your body, however, can be pronounced.

Excess Weight

As you may well know, being overweight or obese can have an impact on a wide range of health issues. This is a reason whyexercise and weight loss benefit overall health, as the act of exercising and eating properly addresses the underlying issues causing excess weight and its symptoms. Even the fittest person needs to be aware of how their weight affects them, however.. American government agency the CDC found thatexcess weight is linked to sleep apnea, which can lead to further sleep deprivation and create a catch 22 situation. Tackling sleep apnea can often be done successfully through a combination of using a knee-pillow, to encourage side-sleeping, and clinical therapy. 

Being Underweight And Sleep

On the flipside, poor sleep quality can also encourage you to become underweight. Being underweight is commonly associated with positive implications - after all many people are trying to lose weight, especially to help where apnea is concerned. However, being underweight often leads to nutritional deficiencies. Certain deficiencies, like being iron-deficient anemia or having amino acid deficiency, will starve you of energy and lead to disrupted sleep cycles, once again causing a feedback loop. 

Being underweight can also be a result of hyperthyroidism, which requires a good schedule to keep on top of medication, further muddying your schedules, making it difficult for your body to gain weight and keep hold of those precious vitamins. This can result in insomnia from sleep apnea and indigestion. 

Chemical Interactions

A disruption in your sleeping schedule can turn a healthy weight and diet upside down. Studies conducted by the Sleep Research Society in Quebec found that too little/much sleep causes obesity and related health effects. Part of this is down to the fact that excessive sleep releases extra hunger hormone ghrelin, and suppresses of leptin - an appetite suppressant. Essentially, the best way to provide the ideal foundation to your weight and health is to keep on top of your sleep. 

Written by Jane Sandwood

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