Sleep disorders and Weight Gain
If you have fragmented sleep, you have high risk of entering the vicious cycle of sleep disorder and weight gain. Two key hormones – Leptin and Grehlin go out of balance due to fragmented sleep which leads to overeating and weight gain.
Insomnia and sleep apnea are the two most common sleep disorders we see at our Allergy and Weight Loss Center. Our medical director, Naras Bhat, MD is a board certified sleep specialist, who can diagnose and treat your sleep disorder. More importantly, he can guide your weight loss with specific focus on your challenges with sleep.
For example, certain sleeping pills can make your gain weight by causing night eating syndrome. Dr.Naras Bhat will help you to change your sleeping pill to a non-weight gaining medication.
Here is a check list of presenting symptoms that suggest that you may have a sleep disorder.
Sleep Disorder Indicators
1. Excessive sleepiness
- Dozed off in meetings, at work, during movies or while spending time with others.
- Drowsy while driving, have “driven on autopilot”.
- Unrefreshed and groggy when they get up from sleep.
2. Excessive fatigue
- Feeling tired all the time, lack of energy
- Frequent caffeine intake to stay active
- Difficulty falling asleep at night or getting back to sleep after waking during the night.
- Waking up frequently during the night.
- Sleep feels light, fragmented, or unrefreshing.
- sleeping pills, nightcap, supplements in order to get to sleep.
- Sleepiness and low energy during the day
4. Snoring and Sleep apnea
- Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
- Observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnea
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
5. Shift-work disorder
- Shift work sleep disorder is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder that occurs when your work schedule and your biological clock are out of sync.
- In our 24-hour society, many workers have to work night shifts, early morning shifts, or rotating shifts.
- These schedules force you to work when your body is telling you to go to sleep, and sleep when your body is signaling you to wake.
- “sleep attacks” while in the middle of talking, working, or even driving.Seeing or hearing things when you’re drowsy or starting to dream before you’re fully asleep.
- Suddenly feeling weak or losing control of your muscles when you’re laughing, angry, or experiencing other strong emotions.
- Dreaming right away after going to sleep or having intense dreams
- Feeling paralyzed and unable to move when you’re waking up or dozing off.
- Awakenings with heart burn, a sour or bitter taste
- Diagnoses of esophagitis, hiatal hernia, Barrets esophagus
- Night time wheezing, asthma
8. Abnormal behaviors in sleep
- Screaming out
- Sleep walking
- Sleep talking
- Tooth grinding
- Acting out of dreams in sleep
9. Seizure disorder
- episodes of blank staring without indications of sleepiness.
- abnormal smells, frequent deja vu or feelings of unreality.
- frequent tongue biting, convulsions, body or head jerks in their sleep.
10. Cognitive disorders
- Feel irritable or drowsy during the day?
- Difficulty concentrating?
- People tell that you look tired?
- React slowly?
- Trouble controlling your emotions?
- Memory problems
11. Nocturia (Excessive night time urination)
Sleep apnea releases ANP (atrial naturitic peptide) which makes more urine to fill your bladder, and you get up often to urinate at night. CPAP treatment almost cures this problem.