Can Sleep Apnea Cause Weight Gain?

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Weight Gain?

Posted by WINNING SMILES DENTISTRY on Jan 15 2020, 05:13 AM

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that involves pauses in breathing while sleeping. These pauses can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. As a result, people with sleep apnea often experience daytime drowsiness. Sleep apnea in Glendale or sleep apnea in Phoenix can affect anyone, but some people are at higher risk than others.

Weight Gain and Types of Sleep Apnea 

Sleep apnea Glendale or sleep apnea Phoenix occurs most commonly due to physical and anatomical issues such as being overweight or having a thick neck. However, there are a variety of other possible causes that patients should be aware of.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and is caused by a physical blockage of the airways, such as the tongue falling back toward the throat during sleep. Central sleep apnea is a less common type where the individual has difficulty regulating their respiratory system normally during sleep.

In severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, individuals may experience low blood oxygen saturation levels or may stop breathing entirely for seconds at a time. This is especially dangerous to people with heart and lung conditions. Individuals with central sleep apnea often report feeling excessively sleepy during the day because of the way that their brain is not receiving the proper signals about when to breathe. Both types can lead to serious health problems and should be treated as soon as possible.

How does Sleep Apnea Affect Weight Gain?

Sleep apnea Glendale or sleep apnea Phoenix is a potentially life-threatening condition that interrupts sleep multiple times throughout the night. In addition to loud snoring, sleep apnea causes daytime fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. It also increases the risk of other serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Unfortunately, weight gain is one of the lesser-known side effects of untreated sleep apnea. Your sleep is disrupted multiple times throughout the night, meaning your body does not have time to process calories properly. In addition, you may feel tired during the day, leading you to skip exercising and eat more than you should. All of this can result in significant weight gain over a period of a year or even a few years.

Dr. Darian, D.D.S. of Winning Smiles Dentistry, is here to provide you with the best treatment and advice possible. To make a reservation or to learn more about Sleep Apnea Glendale and Sleep Apnea Phoenix, please contact us at (623) 777-7942. Alternatively, you can visit us at your nearest location to see the dentist in Glendale or the dentist in Phoenix.

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