There has been a pioneering and lengthy study of 68,183 women with habitual sleep problems that was started in 1986 and then conducted for 16 more years. The researchers found that women who slept five hours or less per night gained an average of 30 pounds more than women who slept seven hours or longer. These astounding results were published in the American Journal of Epimediology.
If you’re one of those who are prone to snoring at night or even during daytime naps, then your health is probably suffering in multiple ways. In addition to annoying your partner and freaking out your pets, your snoring affects your blood pressure, heart, and oxygen levels. It has been known to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and headaches. Additional frustrations are fatigue and lower levels of sexual satisfaction. It is also believed that more than half of the people who are overweight also snore.
Snoring is linked to your body weight. So the more overweight you are, the more likely it is that you will snore. Additionally, snoring also makes it more difficult to burn fat and shed pounds, so you end up trapped in a vicious cycle that hurts the quality of your life. Instead of ignoring the problem, focus on natural treatments. Chose ones that can help eliminate your snoring and help you sleep peacefully.
There are several options available. Natural treatments may include mouth-guards to stop snoring, tongue retaining devices, and mandibular advancement devices. There are pillows that help with neck positioning, because one of the causes of the snoring is the turbulence in the throat that results from the narrowing of the airway due to neck fat. For some people, snoring is caused by sinus congestion. If you’re one of those, you can try using a humidifier. The extra humidity will cause your sinuses to drain, shrinking your nasal membranes and improving airflow, which in turn reduces snoring. Whenever you can, it’s best to choose drug-free options that do not have side effects or make you feel worse as you battle snoring.
People who snore need to be made aware that snoring has negative health risks. Surprisingly, many people do not know that it can also affect your weight loss efforts in negative ways. Studies have shown that snoring often leads to weight gain because the lack of restorative sleep affects both your metabolism and your hormone levels.
The fatigue you experience the day after a night where snoring interrupted your natural sleep patterns is due to a decrease in your oxygen levels. That decrease can make you more likely to crave junk food as comfort. This is caused by the ghrelin hormone (aka, hunger hormone) as its levels generally increase the next day. The ghrelin hormone affects your appetite, so you start to reach for candy, chips, doughnuts, and all sorts of other unhealthy foods that make it hard to lose weight fast.
Your body relies on the energy it gets from a restful night’s sleep. Whenever you aren’t getting enough restorative sleep, your body will crave that energy from somewhere else, usually your refrigerator or pantry!