Did you know? A condition known as sleep apnea, which results in excessive daytime sleepiness or snoring, also increases the risk of weight gain and obesity?
Apnea is a medical term that means the complete airway obstruction at the nose or mouth. Therefore, sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep.1
We are often told that sleep is crucial for weight control. This is true as disturbed sleep is linked to a fall in the level of the satiety hormone, leptin. This results in an increased level of Ghrelin, the hunger hormone. Weight gain and obesity in turn worsens the condition of sleep apnea. The vicious cycle continues.2
We sleep for eight hours, which is one-third of 24 hours. This amounts to us sleeping one-third of our lifetime. This is why the quality of our sleep heavily impacts not only our weight, but also many aspects of our health. There are 84 known sleep disorders, and sleep apnea is the second most common after insomnia. Let’s understand more about Sleep Apnea.
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